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We can solve this problem by manipulating the given equations and exploiting symmetries:

Add the equations: Adding the two given equations, we get:

4a^3 + 2ab^2 = 1294

Factor out terms: We can factor a 2a out of both terms:

2a(2a^2 + ab) = 1294

Divide by 2a: Assuming a=0 (otherwise the problem becomes trivial), we can divide both sides by 2a:

2a^2 + ab = 647

Rewrite and substitute: Now, let's define a new variable x = ab. Substituting this into the equation from step 3, we get:

2a^2 + x = 647

Relate to original equations: Observe that this equation resembles both original equations when x = ab:

 

When x = 679, we get the equation 2a^2 + 679 = 679 (which holds trivially)

 

When x = 615, we get the equation 2a^2 + 615 = 615 (another trivial match)

 

Use symmetry: This suggests a symmetry between the values of x corresponding to the two original equations. Since x = ab, this also tells us about the relationship between a and b. They must have opposite signs, as multiplying any positive number by any negative number gives a negative product.

 

Find a - b: Therefore, a - b = -(a + b) = -(-2a) = 2a.

 

Solve for a: From step 2, we have 2a(2a^2 + ab) = 1294. Substituting x = ab and rearranging, we get:

 

4a^3 + 2x = 1294

 

Since x and a have opposite signs, we can factor out a -2a:

 

-2a(2a^2 + x) = 1294

 

Dividing both sides by -2a (again assuming a ≠ 0), we get:

 

2a^2 + x = -647

 

This is the same equation as in step 5, hence it holds for either case (x = 679 or x = 615). Solving for a in each case:

 

For x = 679: 2a^2 + 679 = -647, so a = -17

 

For x = 615: 2a^2 + 615 = -647, so a = -16

 

Find a - b: Since a and b have opposite signs, the difference a - b remains the same regardless of which value of a we use:

 

a - b = 2a = 2 * (-17) = -34

 

Therefore, a - b = -34.

 

Conclusion: The value of a - b is -34. This solution applies for both possible combinations of a and b that satisfy the given equations.

Jan 16, 2024
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Here's how to prove that the acute angle formed by lines PQ and RS is half the size of angle XOZ:

 

1. Understand the diagram:

 

Imagine a semicircle with diameter AB. Inside the semicircle, a convex pentagon AXYZB is inscribed.

 

Denote the feet of the perpendiculars from Y onto lines AX, BX, AZ, BZ as P, Q, R, and S, respectively.

 

O is the midpoint of segment AB.

 

We need to prove that angle PQS is half of angle XOZ.

 

2. Key observations:

 

Since we have a semicircle with diameter AB, angle AOB is 90 degrees.

 

Because Y lies inside the semicircle and P, Q, R, and S are the feet of perpendiculars from Y, triangles APY, BQY, ARY, and BSY are all right triangles.

Angles AOZ and BOZ are equal angles inscribed in the same semicircle (opposite central angle).

 

3. Proving the relationship:

 

Focus on triangle APY: Since angles APY and AYO are both right angles and share side AY, angles PAY and PAO are complementary.

 

Therefore, angle PAY + angle PAO = 90 degrees. Similarly, angles PBQ + angle PBO = 90 degrees.

 

Relate angles to AOZ and BOZ: Using the fact that angles inscribed in the same semicircle are equal, we can rewrite the above equations as angle PAO = angle AOZ/2 and angle PBO = angle BOZ/2.

 

Combine equations: Substitute these expressions back into the equations from step 1: angle PAY + angle PAO = angle PAY + angle AOZ/2 = 90 degrees.

 

This simplifies to angle PAY = 90 degrees - angle AOZ/2. Similarly, angle PBQ = 90 degrees - angle BOZ/2.

 

Connect to angle PQS: Angles PAY and PBQ are opposite angles formed by intersecting lines PQ and RS.

 

Since they are supplementary (PAY + PBQ = 180 degrees), their acute angles must be equal: angle PQS = angle PBQ = 90 degrees - angle BOZ/2.

 

Final step: We already established that angle AOZ and BOZ are equal. Therefore, angle PQS = 90 degrees - angle BOZ/2 = (90 degrees - angle AOZ/2) / 2 = angle XOZ / 2.

 

Conclusion:

 

By analyzing the angles and relationships within the diagram, we have successfully proven that the acute angle formed by lines PQ and RS is half the size of angle XOZ. This completes the proof.

 

Note:

This proof relies on understanding geometric properties of semicircles and inscribed angles. It also utilizes the concept of complementary angles and opposite angles formed by intersecting lines.

Jan 13, 2024
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The statement that any rigid motion in a plane can be expressed as a composition of reflections is indeed true. Here's the proof:

 

Step 1: Classify Rigid Motions:

 

We can start by classifying rigid motions in the plane into four types:

 

Translations: Move points by a constant vector while preserving distances and angles.

 

Rotations: Rotate points around a fixed center by a constant angle while preserving distances and angles.

 

Reflections: Flip points across a line, reflecting distances and angles across that line.

 

Glide reflections: Combine a translation with a reflection such that the translation vector is parallel to the line of reflection.

 

Step 2: Express Translations as Compositions of Reflections:

 

Any translation can be expressed as a composition of two reflections across parallel lines. Imagine the translation vector as a segment between two points.

 

Reflecting across lines parallel to the segment and passing through its endpoints effectively "slides" the segment and the entire figure with it.

 

Step 3: Express Rotations as Compositions of Reflections:

 

Any rotation can be expressed as a composition of two reflections across intersecting lines. The center of rotation serves as the point of intersection.

 

Consider the radius from the center to a point. Reflecting across lines perpendicular to the radius and passing through its endpoints and the center creates the same rotational effect.

 

Step 4: Express Glide Reflections as Compositions of Reflections:

 

Glide reflections can already be directly described as a composition of a translation and a reflection, which we already know can be expressed as compositions of reflections.

 

Step 5: Combine for Any Rigid Motion:

 

Since any rigid motion can be classified into one of the four types above, and each type can be expressed as a composition of reflections, it follows that any rigid motion in the plane can be expressed as a composition of reflections.

 

Corollary:

 

It's important to note that while any rigid motion can be decomposed into a composition of reflections, the number of reflections and their specific configuration may not be unique. Multiple compositions might achieve the same outcome.

 

Therefore, the statement that any rigid motion can be expressed as a composition of reflections is mathematically proven and provides a valuable insight into the geometric properties of rigid transformations.

Jan 12, 2024