2019 AIME II Problems/Problem 15
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Problem
In acute triangle points and are the feet of the perpendiculars from to and from to , respectively. Line intersects the circumcircle of in two distinct points, and . Suppose , , and . The value of can be written in the form where and are positive integers, and is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find .
Solution 1
Let
Therefore
By power of point, we have Which are simplified to
Or
(1)
Or
Let Then,
In triangle , by law of cosine
Pluging (1)
Or
Substitute everything by
The quadratic term is cancelled out after simplified
Which gives
Plug back in,
Then
So the final answer is
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Solution 2
Let and
By power of point, we have and
Therefore, substituting in the values:
Notice that quadrilateral is cyclic.
From this fact, we can deduce that and
Therefore is similar to .
Therefore:
Now using Law of Cosines on we get:
Notice
Substituting and Simplifying:
Now we solve for using regular algebra which actually turns out to be very easy.
We get and from the above relations between the variables we quickly determine , and
Therefore
So the answer is
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