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Complete Problem 321

Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry

## Sunday, July 12, 2009

### Problem 321: Triangle, Incenter, Excircle, Altitude, Collinearity

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Can you give me Hint????

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ReplyDeleteNote that A, I and E are collinear, since they all lie on the bisector of angle BAC.

Let AE and BC intersect at N. Since AH || EF, triangles NEF and NAH are similar. Thus, AH/FE = AN/NE, so AM/FE = AN/2NE.

Let the incircle have radius r, and the excircle have radius R. Then r/R = AI/AE = IN/NE, so we have

AI * NE = AE * IN

AI * NE = (AI + IN + NE) * IN

2 AI * NE =

= (AI + IN + NE) * IN + AI * NE

= IN^2 + AI * IN + NE * IN + AI * NE

= (IN + AI) (IN + NE)

= AN * IE

Therefore, AM/FE = AN/2NE = AI/IE. Since the angles IAM and IEF are equal, the triangles IAM and IEF are similar. Thus, the angles AIM and EIF are equal, so F, I, M are collinear.