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Rectangle Problem | Geometry | PRMO-2017 | Question 13

Try this beautiful Rectangle Problem from Geometry from PRMO 2017, Question 13. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Try this beautiful Rectangle Problem from Geometry, from PRMO 2017.

Rectangle Problem – Geometry – PRMO 2017, Question 13


In a rectangle $A B C D, E$ is the midpoint of $A B ; F$ is a point on $A C$ such that $B F$ is perpendicular to $A C$; and FE perpendicular to BD. Suppose $\mathrm{BC}=8 \sqrt{3}$. Find AB.

  • $9$
  • $24$
  • $11$

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Geometry

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Answer:$24$

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PRMO-2017, Problem 13

Pre College Mathematics

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First hint

Rectangle Problem

We have to find out the value of \(AB\). Join \(BD\). \(BF\) is perpendicular on \(AC\).

Let $\angle \mathrm{BAC}=\theta$
since $\mathrm{E}$ is mid point of hypotenous $\mathrm{AB}$ of right $\Delta \mathrm{AFB}$, therefore $A E=F E=B E$

Can you now finish the problem ……….

Second Hint

Rectangle Problem

Therefore

Therefore$ \angle E F A=\angle F A E=\theta$
and $\angle \mathrm{FEB}=\angle \mathrm{EAF}+\angle \mathrm{EFA}=2 \theta$
$\Rightarrow \angle E B D=90^{\circ}-\angle B E F=90^{\circ}-2 \theta$
But $\angle \mathrm{FAE}=\angle \mathrm{CAB}=\angle \mathrm{DBA}$
Therefore $\theta=90^{\circ}-2 \theta \Rightarrow \theta=30^{\circ}$
Therefore in $\Delta \mathrm{ABC}, \tan \theta=\frac{\mathrm{BC}}{\mathrm{AB}}$

Can you finish the problem……..

Final Step

Therefore $A B=B C \cot \theta=8 \sqrt{3} \cot 30^{\circ}=24$

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