2020 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 10

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In unit square $ABCD,$ the inscribed circle $\omega$ intersects $\overline{CD}$ at $M,$ and $\overline{AM}$ intersects $\omega$ at a point $P$ different from $M.$ What is $AP?$

$\textbf{(A) } \frac{\sqrt5}{12} \qquad \textbf{(B) } \frac{\sqrt5}{10} \qquad \textbf{(C) } \frac{\sqrt5}{9} \qquad \textbf{(D) } \frac{\sqrt5}{8} \qquad \textbf{(E) } \frac{2\sqrt5}{15}$

Solution 1 (Angle Chasing/Trig)

Let $O$ be the center of the circle and the point of tangency between $\omega$ and $\overline{AD}$ be represented by $K$. We know that $\overline{AK} = \overline{KD} = \overline{DM} = \frac{1}{2}$. Consider the right triangle $\bigtriangleup ADM$. Let $\measuredangle AMD = \theta$.

Since $\omega$ is tangent to $\overline{DC}$ at $M$, $\measuredangle PMO = 90 - \theta$. Now, consider $\bigtriangleup POM$. This triangle is iscoceles because $\overline{PO}$ and $\overline{OM}$ are both radii of $\omega$. Therefore, $\measuredangle POM = 180 - 2(90 - \theta) = 2\theta$.

We can now use Law of Cosines on $\angle{POM}$ to find the length of ${PM}$ and subtract it from the length of ${AM}$ to find ${AP}$. Since $\cos{\theta} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}$ and $\sin{\theta} = \frac{2}{\sqrt{5}}$, the double angle formula tells us that $\cos{2\theta} = -\frac{3}{5}$. We have \[PM^2 = \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{2}\cos{2\theta} \implies PM = \frac{2\sqrt{5}}{5}\] By Pythagorean theorem, we find that $AM = \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2} \implies \boxed{\textbf{(B) } \frac{\sqrt5}{10}}$


Solution 2(Coordinate Bash)

Place circle $\omega$ in the Cartesian plane such that the center lies on the origin. Then we can easily find the equation for $\omega$ as $x^2+y^2=\frac{1}{4}$, because it is not translated and the radius is $\frac{1}{2}$.

We have $A=\left(-\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}\right)$ and $M=\left(0, -\frac{1}{2}\right)$. The slope of the line passing through these two points is $\frac{\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{2}}{-\frac{1}{2}-0}=\frac{1}{-\frac{1}{2}}=-2$, and the $y$-intercept is simply $M$. This gives us the line passing through both points as $y=-2x-\frac{1}{2}$.

We substitute this into the equation for the circle to get $x^2+\left(-2x-\frac{1}{2}\right)^2=\frac{1}{4}$, or $x^2+4x^2+2x+\frac{1}{4}=\frac{1}{4}$. Simplifying gives $x(5x+2)=0$. The roots of this quadratic are $x=0$ and $x=-\frac{2}{5}$, but if $x=0$ we get point $M$, so we only want $x=-\frac{2}{5}$.

We plug this back into the linear equation to find $y=\frac{3}{10}$, and so $P=\left(-\frac{2}{5}, \frac{3}{10}\right)$. Finally, we use distance formula on $A$ and $P$ to get $AP=\sqrt{\left(-\frac{5}{10}+\frac{4}{10}\right)^2+\left(\frac{5}{10}-\frac{3}{10}\right)^2}=\sqrt{\frac{1}{100}+\frac{4}{100}}=\boxed{\mathbf{(B) } \frac{\sqrt{5}}{10}}$.

Solution 3(Power of a Point)

Let circle $\omega$ intersect $\overline{AB}$ at point $N$. By Power of a Point, we have $AN^2=AP\cdot AM$. We know $AN=\frac{1}{2}$ because $N$ is the midpoint of $\overline{AB}$, and we can easily find $AM$ by the Pythagorean Theorem, which gives us $AM=\sqrt{1^2+\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^2}=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$. Our equation is now $\frac{1}{4}=AP\cdot \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$, or $AP=\frac{2}{4\sqrt{5}}=\frac{1}{2\sqrt{5}}=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2\cdot 5}$, thus our answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(B) } \frac{\sqrt5}{10}}.$

Solution 4

Take $O$ as the center and draw segment $ON$ perpendicular to $AM$, $ON\cap AM=N$, link $OM$. Then we have $OM\parallel AD$. So $\angle DAM=\angle OMA$. Since $AD=2AM=2OM=1$, we have $\cos\angle DAM=\cos\angle OMP=\frac{2}{\sqrt{5}}$. As a result, $NM=OM\cos\angle OMP=\frac{1}{2}\cdot \frac{2}{\sqrt{5}}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}.$ Thus $PM=2NM=\frac{2}{\sqrt{5}}=\frac{2\sqrt{5}}{5}$. Since $AM=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$, we have $AP=AM-PM=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{10}$. Put $\boxed{B}$.


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