Proposed Problem

See complete Problem 13 at:

http://gogeometry.com/problem/problem013.htm

Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry

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## Wednesday, February 18, 2009

### Problem 13: Triangle, Angles, Congruence, Cevian

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We've CD/sin(5x)=BC/sin(8x) and AB/sin(3x)=BC/sin(4x). Thus, sin(5x)/sin(8x)=sin(3x)/sin(4x) or

ReplyDeletesin(5x)/2sin(4x)cos(4x)=sin(3x)/sin(4x) or

sin(5x)/2cos(4x)=sin(3x)

By inspection if x=10 then sin(5x)=cos(4x) and sin(3x)=1/2. Thus, x=10 is clearly a solution to the equation.

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ReplyDelete1. Draw E on AB such that BE = BD and F on CD such that DF = BD also. This forms 2 isosceles triangles BDE (with 2 6x angles) and BDF (with 2 4x angles).

ReplyDelete2. By angle chasing <BFA = 4x = <BAD so tr. ABF is isosceles also and

BF = AB = CD.

3. By angle chasing <BDC = <EBF = 180 - 8x so tr BEF = tr BCD by SAS.

4. So <BEF = <CBD = 5x and by angle subtraction <DEF = x

then also <BFE = <BCD = 3x and by angle subtraction <EFD = x also.

5. So tr. EDF is also isosceles and DE = DF = BD = BE.

6. This implies tr. BDE is actually equilateral and 6x = 60. X = 10.

Btw: compare this construction to problem #9. They are the same.

DeleteI derived the following equation in the same way that Joe did in 2009:

ReplyDeletesin(5x) / 2cos(4x) = sin(3x)

At this point, I rearranged the terms and apply the product-to-sum formula:

sin(5x) = 2cos(4x)sin(3x) = sin(7x) - sin(x)

Now, rearrange the terms again and apply the sum-to-product formula,

sin(x) = sin(7x) - sin(5x) = 2cos(6x)sin(x)

sin(x)(2cos(6x) - 1) = 0

This suggests either sin(x) = 0 or cos(6x) = 1/2.

The former is invalid (which would imply x is a multiple of 180°), whereas the latter suggest 6x = 60°, 300°, ..., that is x = 10°, 50°, ...

In order to keep ∠DBC = 5x under 180°, we must choose x = 10°.