Challenging Geometry Puzzle: Problem 1553. Share your solution by posting it in the comment box provided.

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D is the Excentre of Triangle ABC

ReplyDeleteSo < EBD = (180-B)/2 and < BDE = B/2 = < BFE (since BEC perpendicularly bisects DF)

Similarly < CDE = C/2 = <CFE

Adding, < BFC = (B+C)/2 = < BAC = A

So B + C = 2A, hence A+B+C = 3A = 180 and A = 60

Area of Triangle ABC, S = abc/ 4R ................(1) (R = circumradius)

But also S = (1/2)bc.sinA = (bcV3)/4 = abc/4R from (1)

Therefore R = a/V3 = 12/V3 = 4V3

Sumith Peiris

Moratuwa

Sri Lanka