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June 23, 2020

How to Pursue Mathematics after High School?

For Students who are passionate for Mathematics and want to pursue it for higher studies in India and abroad.

Try this beautiful problem from the Pre-RMO II, 2019, Question 27 based on Shortest Distance.

Shortest Distance - Pre-RMO II, Problem 27

A conical glass is in the form of a right circular cone. The slant height is 21 and the radius of the top rim of the glass is 14. An ant at the mid point of a slant line on the outside wall of the glass sees a honey drop diametrically opposite to it on the inside wall of the glass. If d the shortest distance it should crawl to reach the honey drop, what is the integer part of d?

Shortest Distance
  • is 107
  • is 36
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

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Check the Answer

Answer: is 36.

PRMO II, 2019, Question 27

Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

Try with Hints

Rotate \(\Delta\)OAP by 120\(^\circ\) in anticlockwise then A will be at B, P will be at P'

Shortest Distance figure

or, \(\Delta\)OAP is congruent to \(\Delta\)OBP'

or, PB+PA=P'B+PB \(\geq\) P'P

Minimum PB+PA=P'P equality when P on the angle bisector of \(\angle\)AOB

or, P'P=2(21)sin60\(^\circ\)=21\(\sqrt{3}\)

[min(PB+PA)]=[21\(\sqrt{3}\)]=36 (Answer)

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