Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Problem 300: Tangent to a circle, Secant

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 Problem 300: Tangent to a circle, Secant.
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Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry


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  3. Join BC, OA and draw FF’ & EE’ perpendicular to OA meeting AB in F’ and AC in E’ respectively. Now BCFF’ and EE’FF’ are both isosceles trapezia which are concyclic. Hence angle FF’B =angle E’EB. By the chord-secant theorem, angle F’BF=angle ECB=angle EE’B =angle E’BC. Therefore, angle E’BC + angle E’BF = angle E’BC + angle E’BF or angle E’BE = angle CBF. But the latter is =angle CF’F being angles in the same segment.In other words, angle CF’F =angle EBE’. This makes triangles FBF’ and EBE’ similar because of which, BE/FF’ =EE’/CF or a/FF’= EE’/b or EE’*FF’ = a*b ------------------(1)
    We note that EF= E’F” =x and EF’ =E’F = (b –a) by our construction. –-------------(2)
    Applying Ptolemy’s Theorem to EE’FF’ we obtain, EF*E’F’=EF’*E’F+EE’*FF’. Using (1) & (2) above, x^2 = (b-a)^2 + ab = a^2 + b^2 – ab. QED.
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