2019 AIME I Problems/Problem 11
Problem 11
In , the sides have integers lengths and . Circle has its center at the incenter of . An excircle of is a circle in the exterior of that is tangent to one side of the triangle and tangent to the extensions of the other two sides. Suppose that the excircle tangent to is internally tangent to , and the other two excircles are both externally tangent to . Find the minimum possible value of the perimeter of .
Solution 1
Let the tangent circle be . Some notation first: let , , be the semiperimeter, , and be the inradius. Intuition tells us that the radius of is (using the exradius formula). However, the sum of the radius of and is equivalent to the distance between the incenter and the the excenter. Denote the B excenter as and the incenter as . Lemma: We draw the circumcircle of . Let the angle bisector of hit the circumcircle at a second point . By the incenter-excenter lemma, . Let this distance be . Ptolemy's theorem on gives us Again, by the incenter-excenter lemma, so as desired. Using this gives us the following equation: Motivated by the and , we make the following substitution: This changes things quite a bit. Here's what we can get from it: It is known (easily proved with Heron's and a=rs) that Using this, we can also find : let the midpoint of be . Using Pythagorean's Theorem on , We now look at the RHS of the main equation: Cancelling some terms, we have Squaring, Expanding and moving terms around gives Reverse substituting, Clearly the smallest solution is and , so our answer is -franchester
Solution 2
First assume that and , and scale up later. Notice that ( This is wrong. The two excircles B and C, by definition, must be externally tangent to AB and AC. However, this solution says that the two excircles are tangent at A, which means they are tangent to the same line. However, we know that AB and AC are distinct, a contradiction. Therefore, this solution is wrong.)
Then, the height from is , so if , we know . Then, if denotes the -exradius for and denotes the semiperimeter, Then, if denotes the tangency point between the -excircle and , it is known that , so . Furthermore, . Then, It follows that whence . Then, since , the smallest possible perimeter is .
(Solution by TheUltimate123)
Solution 3
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