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Triangle and integers | AIME I, 1995 | Question 9

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1995 based on Triangle and integers.

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1995 based on Triangle and integers.

Triangle and integers – AIME I, 1995


Triangle ABC is isosceles, with AB=AC and altitude AM=11, suppose that there is a point D on AM with AD=10 and \(\angle BDC\)=3\(\angle BAC\). then the perimeter of \(\Delta ABC\) may be written in the form \(a+\sqrt{b}\) where a and b are integers, find a+b.

Triangle and integers
  • is 107
  • is 616
  • is 840
  • cannot be determined from the given information

Key Concepts


Integers

Triangle

Trigonometry

Check the Answer


But try the problem first…

Answer: is 616.

Source
Suggested Reading

AIME I, 1995, Question 9

Plane Trigonometry by Loney

Try with Hints


First hint

Let x= \(\angle CAM\)

\(\Rightarrow \angle CDM =3x\)

\(\Rightarrow \frac{tan3x}{tanx}=\frac{\frac{CM}{1}}{\frac{CM}{11}}\)=11 [by trigonometry ratio property in right angled triangle]

Second Hint

\(\Rightarrow \frac{3tanx-tan^{3}x}{1-3tan^{2}x}=11tanx\)

solving we get, tanx=\(\frac{1}{2}\)

\(\Rightarrow CM=\frac{11}{2}\)

Final Step

\(\Rightarrow 2(AC+CM)\) where \(AC=\frac{11\sqrt {5}}{2}\) by Pythagoras formula

=\(\sqrt{605}+11\) then a+b=605+11=616.

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