Thursday, May 29, 2014

Geometry Problem 1019: Circle, Diameter, Perpendicular, Chord, Tangent, Sum

Geometry Problem. Post your solution in the comments box below.
Level: Mathematics Education, High School, Honors Geometry, College.

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Online Math: Geometry Problem 1019: Circle, Diameter, Perpendicular, Chord, Tangent, Sum


  1. Algebra solution :
    Let C’ is the point of sysmetry of C over AB => AC’=AC
    Let α=∠(BAD) , AB= 2.R and AH= 2p
    We have AD= 2R.cos(α) , DF=2R.cos(α) ^2 +2p
    Since AD=DF => 2.R.cos(α)= 2p+2Rcos(α)^2 => R.cos(α)^2-R.cos(α)+p=0
    Let α1 and α2 are solutions of this quadratic equation
    Summation of solutions= 1 => cos(α1)+cos(α2)=1=> AD/AB+AC’/AB=1
    Or AB=AD+AC

  2. Consider:
    R=DA, r = CA, 2a = AB(where O is the center)
    Join B and D ->Triangle BDA is right triangle
    Join B and C ->Triangle BCA is right triangle

    Draw a radius DF (DF is perenpedicular to MN)
    Draw a radius CE (CE is perenpedicular to MN)
    Draw an tangent to circle O threw A in that way that it cut DF at L and CE at M thus MEFL is rectangle.

    Triangle DAL is similiar to BDA and so MAC to BCA (because they has 90 angle of MEFL and becasue of the tangent : R/2a = DL/R (triangles DAL and BAD) - >DL = R^2/2a THUS LF = R - R^2/2a
    AC/BA = MC/AC -> r/2a = MC/r (triangles CAM and BCA) - >MC = r^2/2a THUS ME = r - r^2/2a

    Since MEFL is rectangle we get that ME = LF:
    r - r^2/2a = R - R^2/2a
    after short develop we get
    2ar - r^2 = 2aR - R^2
    R^2 - r^2 = (R - r)(R+r) = 2a(R - r)
    thus 2a = R+r - > AB = DA + AC

  3. Choose midpoint of AH to be origin and BH as y-axis.
    If a=AH/2 and r=AB/2, parabola 4ay=x^2 cuts circle x^2+(y-(a+r))^2=r^2 at C and D==>
    CE+DF=(sum of y-coordinates of C and D)+2a=2(r-a)+2a=2r=AB

  4. Let AC = a and AD = b and AB = c and AH = x

    Using Pythagoras

    EH^2 = a^2-(a-x)^2 = a^2(c^2-a^2)/c^2 since EH.AB = BC.CA

    So (a-x)^2 = a^4/c^2
    Hence a-x = a^2 /c......(1)
    Similarly b-x = b^2/c.....(2)

    (1) - (2) a-b = (a^2-b^2)/c

    Dividing both sides by a-b,
    c = a+b

    Sumith Peiris
    Sri Lanka

  5. Note that E,A,D are collinear as well as F,A,C though this fact was not used in the above proof.

  6. Another problem from the above.,,,

    Prove that 1/AH = 1/AC + 1/AD