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Proposed ProblemSee complete Problem 21 at:gogeometry.com/problem/p021_triangle_orthocenter_tangent.htmLevel: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry
the circles of diameter BC and of diameter AOintersect at the tangency points M,N.the line MN is their radical lineAOE is a right triangle,E lies on the circle of diameter AOthe circle power of H with respect to this circleis P1(H)=-HA.HEBDC is a rigth triangle,D lies on the circle of diameter BCthe circle power of H with respect of this circleis P2(H)= -HB.HDbut HA.HE=HB.HD =4R²cosAcosBcosCH lies on the radical line,M,H,N are collinear.-.
Let DF and BC intersect at P. Let the intersection of the tangents at F and B be X, and let the intersection of the tangents at D and C be Y. FC and BD intersect at H, so by Pascal's theorem on FFCBBD and DDFCCB, X,Y,H, and P are collinear. The polars of X and Y are BF and CD and intersect at A. Since X, Y, and H are collinear, the polar of H must concur with the polars of X and Y, that is, the polar of H must pass through A. It follows that H lies on the polar of A, which is line MN, so we are done.
pascal's theorem is concerned with projective geometry ....... how can i prove it through elementary geometry ??????
MANEO is cyclic, AO its diameter. BFHE is cyclic, so AF.AB=AH.AE ( 1 ), AM is tangent to the circle (BMC), and AM^2=AF.AB ( 2 ); with (1) AM^2=AH.AE and AM is tangent to the circle (HEM), so <AMH=<MEA ( 3 ). In a similar way <ANH=<NEA ( 4 ). Since <MAN+<MEN = 180, H belongs to the line MN. Best regards, Stan Fulger