2019 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 21
- The following problem is from both the 2019 AMC 10A #21 and 2019 AMC 12A #18, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
A sphere with center has radius . A triangle with sides of length and is situated in space so that each of its sides is tangent to the sphere. What is the distance between and the plane determined by the triangle?
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Solution
The triangle is placed on the sphere so that three sides are tangent to the sphere. The cross-section of the sphere created by the plane of the triangle is also the incircle of the triangle. To find the inradius, use . The area of the triangle can be found by drawing an altitude from the vertex between sides with length to the midpoint of the side with length . Pythagorean triples - - show the base is and height is 9. can be used to find the area of the triangle, . The semiperimeter is After plugging into the equation , we get . Let the distance between and the triangle be . Choose a point on the incircle and denote it . is because it is the radius of the sphere. Point to the center of the incircle is length because it is the inradius of the incircle. By using Pythagorean Theorem, you will get that is .
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See Also
2019 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Preceded by Problem 17 |
Followed by Problem 19 |
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