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# Triangle and Trigonometry | AIME I, 1999 Question 14

Try this beautiful problem from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination I, AIME I, 1999 based on Triangle and Trigonometry.

## Triangle and Trigonometry - AIME 1999

Point P is located inside triangle ABC so that angles PAB,PBC and PCA are all congruent. The sides of the triangle have lengths AB=13, BC=14, CA=15, and the tangent of angle PAB is $\frac{m}{n}$, where m and n are relatively prime positive integers, find m+n.

• is 107
• is 463
• is 840
• cannot be determined from the given information

### Key Concepts

Triangles

Angles

Trigonometry

AIME, 1999, Question 14

Geometry Revisited by Coxeter

## Try with Hints

First hint

Let y be the angleOAB=angleOBC=angleOCA then from three triangles within triangleABC we have $b^{2}=a^{2}+169-26acosy$ $c^{2}=b^{2}+196-28bcosy$ $a^{2}=c^{2}+225-30ccosy$ adding these gives cosy(13a+14b+15c)=295

Second Hint

[ABC]=[AOB]+[BOC]+[COA]=$\frac{siny(13a+14b+15c)}{2}$=84 then (13a+14b+15c)siny=168

Final Step

tany=$\frac{168}{295}$ then 168+295=463.

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