2018 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 20
Triangle is an isosceles right triangle with . Let be the midpoint of hypotenuse . Points and lie on sides and , respectively, so that and is a cyclic quadrilateral. Given that triangle has area , the length can be written as , where , , and are positive integers and is not divisible by the square of any prime. What is the value of ?
Observe that is isosceles right ( is the midpoint of diameter arc ), so . With , we can use Law of Cosines to determine that . The same calculations hold for also, and since , we deduce that is the smaller root, giving the answer of .
Solution 2 (Using Ptolemy)
We first claim that is isosceles and right.
Proof: Construct and . Since bisects , one can deduce that . Then by AAS it is clear that and therefore is isosceles. Since quadrilateral is cyclic, one can deduce that . Q.E.D.
Since the area of is 2, we can find that ,
Since is the mid-point of , it is clear that .
Now let and . By Ptolemy's Theorem, in cyclic quadrilateral , we have . By Pythagorean Theorem, we have . One can solve the simultaneous system and find . Then by deducting the length of from 3 we get , giving the answer of . (Surefire2019)
Solution 3 (More Elementary)
Like above, notice that is isosceles and right, which means that , so and . Then construct and as well as . It's clear that by Pythagorean, so knowing that allows one to solve to get . By just looking at the diagram, . The answer is thus .
Solution 4 (Coordinate Geometry)
Let lie on , on , on , and on . Since is cyclic, (which is opposite of another right angle) must be a right angle; therefore, . Compute the dot product to arrive at the relation . We can set up another equation involving the area of using the Shoelace Theorem. This is . Multiplying, substituting for , and simplifying, we get . Thus, . But , meaning , and the final answer is .
Solution 5 (Quick)
From cyclic we get and , so is an isosceles right triangle.
From we get .
Notice , because , , and .
Let , so .
By Pythagoras on we have , and solve this to get for a final answer of .
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