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Length and Triangle | AIME I, 1987 | Question 9

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1987 based on Length and Triangle.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1987 based on Length and Triangle.

Length and Triangle – AIME I, 1987


Triangle ABC has right angle at B, and contains a point P for which PA=10, PB=6, and \(\angle \)APB=\(\angle\)BPC=\(\angle\)CPA. Find PC.

Length and Triangle
  • is 107
  • is 33
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

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Answer: is 33.

AIME I, 1987, Question 9

Geometry Vol I to Vol IV by Hall and Stevens

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Let PC be x, \(\angle \)APB=\(\angle\)BPC=\(\angle\)CPA=120 (in degrees)

Applying cosine law \(\Delta\)APB, \(\Delta\)BPC, \(\Delta\)CPA with cos120=\(\frac{-1}{2}\) gives

\(AB^{2}\)=36+100+60=196, \(BC^{2}\)=36+\(x^{2}\)+6x, \(CA^{2}\)=100+\(x^{2}\)+10x

By Pathagorus Theorem, \(AB^{2}+BC^{2}=CA^{2}\)

or, \(x^{2}\)+10x+100=\(x^{2}\)+6x+36+196

or, 4x=132

or, x=33.

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