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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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Triangle ABC, inscribed in a circle, has AB = 15 and BC = 25. A tangent to the circle is drawn at B, and a line through A parallel to this tangent intersects \overline{BC} at D. Find DC.

This is weird. I tried stuff I know 'bout circles and triangles...(which is pretty close to nil)...but I can't get it.

Thanks!

:D:D

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi thedarktiger;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Good morning bobbym,

Did you get that answer from geogebra or have you found a 'Euclidean' method.

I'm finding a solution to this one elusive at the moment.

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Bob;

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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It's a strange problem. There are an infinite number of triangles with those measurements. I used Sketchpad to fix AB and then made a circle, centre B, for the locus of C. Then I constructed the rest to find D. As I move C, D moves around a circle of fixed radius, with a radius consistent with your answer for CD, and centre B. But why?

I seem to have landed up with two problems. (i) Why is the locus for D a circle ? and (ii) what is its radius because once you know BD, you know DC.

??????

EDIT: Oh how come I failed to see this earlier:

(cannot add a diagram to an edited post so I'll put in the next post )

angles EBA BCA and DAB are equal (angle props and parallels)

so

triangles DAB and ACB are similar

so AB/BD = CB/AB

I'll leave the rest to you.

Bob

ps. But why the red circle ? working on that now.

No I'm not. I've done it. BD is fixed so D moves on a circle with that radius.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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diagram

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Here is a little video capture of my Geogebra program showing that DC's size remains constant at 16 when BC is pivoted 360° around point B.

*Last edited by phrontister (2014-02-04 17:29:40)*

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Thanks Phro, that's lovely. Like the music too.

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

Nice video.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Thanks, B&B!

I've changed the link in that post to a longer version that oscillates, so that Bob can hear the whole song...which is *The Engagement*, apparently from an old movie, *Silent Partner*.

Just make sure that you're well-rested before viewing this one, or the hypnotic effect might getcha.

Watching the video, I imagine a huge albatross in flight. Maybe I could've used Fleetwood Mac's *Albatross* for the audio instead.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Thanks Phro,

That was very relaxing. Yes, Fleetwood Mac would work well but, then again, I've got that one on vinyl so it was good to hear something new.

Bob

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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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Hmmm. Thanks for the demonstration phronstister! wow, It looks like geoebra is amust

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Some old guy wrote:

Geogebra. geogebra, it is the man. If it can not do it, then nobody can! Yaaaaay, geogebra!

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi bobbym,

Can I make a claim for the first mention of geogebra on MIF ?

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 01#p146001

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I would have to agree.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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And I'll make a claim for the most recent (to date) mention of geogebra on MIF.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The Alpha and the Omega!

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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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so it is

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