Proposed Problem

See complete Problem 257 at:

gogeometry.com/problem/p257_equilateral_triangle_circumcircle_distance_sides.htm

Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry

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## Tuesday, February 24, 2009

### Problem 257: Equilateral Triangle, Circumcircle, Point, Vertices, Side, Distances, Squares

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circumcircle,
distance,
equilateral,
side,
square,
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By an earlier problem, we know that d = e + f

ReplyDeletehence, LHS =(e+f)^2+e^2+f^2 = 2(e^2+f^2+ef)

Using cosine rule in Tr. BDC, we've: a^2 =e^2+f^2-2efcos(BDC)=e^2+f^2-2ef(-1/2)=e^2+f^2+ef

Hence, LHS = 2(e^2+f^2+ef) = 2a^2

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We see that ∠ADB=∠ADC =60

ReplyDeleteIf we apply the cosine rule in triangl ABD with cos(60)=1/2:

d^2+e^2-2decos(∠ADB)=a^2

d^2+e^2-2decos(60)=a^2

d^2+e^2-de=a^2

And then we apply the cosine rule in triangle ADC :

d^2+f^2-2dfcos(∠ADC)=a^2

d^2+f^2-2dfcos(60)=a^2

d^2+f^2-df=a^2

Adding these two equations we get

2d^2+e^2+f^2-de-df=2a^2

2d^2+e^2+f^2-d(e+f)=2a^2

In problem 256 we see that d=e+f :

2d^2+e^2+f^2-d^2=2a^2

d^2+e^2+f^2=2a^2