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Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry

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## Wednesday, February 18, 2009

### Problem 12: Triangle, Cevian, Angles, Congruence

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Locate a point E on AC such that BC=CE. Join B to E. Now it's easy to see that AE=CD and angle AEB = 115 = angle BDC which makes BE=BD. Hence tringles ABE & CBD are SAS congruent; thus x=50.

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Denote angle ABD=α=115º-x. Suppose α>65º then AD>AB, and since AD=BC, BC>AB.Now in triangle ABC we get x>50º, that is 115º-α>50º, or α<65º in contradiction to our assumption α>65º. So α=65º and x=50º.

ReplyDeleteSolution by cristian to this problem:

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Solution is uploaded to the following link:

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Since I am not able to see all links above, I post my solution, hoping it is not among the previous ones, although it is very simple: Take E - reflection of C in BD, DE=CD and easy angle chase gives <ADE=50, i.e. triangles ADE and BCD are congruent (s.a.s.), hence AE=BD and <DAE=15, therefore triangles ABE and BAD are congruent (s.s.s.) with <BAE=<ABD. From this we get x+15=115-x, or x=50.

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ReplyDeleteThis solution is clearer when illustrated, so grab a pen and a piece of paper.

ReplyDeleteAngle BDC = 180° - 50° - 15° = 115°

Angle ADB = 180° - 115° = 65°

Add point E to the figure and connect it to points A, B and E such that a duplicate of triangle BCD is formed with angle ADE = 15°. Now, we shall prove that point E sits on line AB.

Focus on triangle BDE. It is isosceles because line DE = line BD. Angle BDE = 65° - 15° = 50°. Angle BED = (180° - 50°)/2 = 65°. Angle AED = angle BDC = 115° because triangles ADE and BDC are identical.

Angle AED + angle BED = 180°, which is the angle measure of a straight line. Therefore, points A, E and B are collinear.

Since points A, E and B are collinear, angle BAC = angle EAC

So, angle BAC = angle BCD because triangles ADE and BCD are congruent.

Therefore, angle BAC = 50°

Angle x = 50°

Consider triangle ABC

ReplyDeletesinx/BC=sin50/AB

BC=ABsinx/sin50

Consider triangle ABD

sin65/AB=sin(115-x)/AD

AD=ABsin(115-x)/sin65

BC=AD

sinx/sin50=sin(115-x)/sin65

sin65/sin50/sin(115-x)/sinx

It is easy to see that x=50

A better solution after 1.5 years of thinking lol

Delete<ABD=115-x

By considering triangle ABD with sine law

sin(115-x)/AD=sinx/BD

AD/BD=sin(115-x)/sinx--------(1)

By considering triangle BCD with sine law

sin115/BC=sin50/BD

BC/BD=sin115/sin50---------(2)

Equating (1) & (2)

sin(115-x)/sinx=sin115/sin50

sin115sinx=sin(115-x)sin50

cos(115-x)-cos(115+x)=cos(65-x)-cos(165-x)

cos(115-x)+cos(65-x)=cos(65-x)-cos(165-x)

cos(115-x)=-cos(165-x)

cos(115-x)+cos(165-x)=0

2cos(140-x)cos50=0

cos(140-x)=0

140-x=90

x=50

E on AC such that BC=CE. So AE=CD and m(AEB)=m(CDB) and BE=CD => AEB is congruent to CDB => x=50 degrees.

ReplyDeleteAdditionally E is the power of a point wrt circumcircle of BDC.