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From the associated diagram below, it is obvious that the radius of the circle on which each of the vertices of triangle JKL lie will be located at (8, n)........where n is the y coordinate that we're looking for....let's call this point "O"

We can equate distances here to solve for n

The distance from K to O = sqrt [ 8^2 + n^2] = sqrt [ 64 +n^2 ]

And the distance from J to O = sqrt [ (15 - n)^2] = 15 - n

So .......sqrt [ 64] + n^2] = 15 - n ...... square both sides

64 + n^2 = 225 - 30n + n^2

30n = 225 - 64

30n = 161

n = 161 / 30

So, "O" = (8, 161/30)

And the distance from J to O = 15 - 161/30 = [450 - 161] / 30 = 289/30 ..... this is the circumradius......!!!

And the equation of the circle through all three points is :

(x - 8)^2 + (y - 161/30)^2 = (289/ 30)^2

P.S. = There is a "formula" for finding the circumradius of a triangle = [ a* b * c ] / [ 4 A] where a,b,c are the sides of the triangle and A is the area......

Using this, we have [ 16 * 17^2] / [ 4 * 120] = 289 / 30 .....the same result as mine !!!!

Here's the proof of this "formula"...it's surprisingly simple !!!!........http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Circumradius

CPhill
Nov 21, 2015

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From the associated diagram below, it is obvious that the radius of the circle on which each of the vertices of triangle JKL lie will be located at (8, n)........where n is the y coordinate that we're looking for....let's call this point "O"

We can equate distances here to solve for n

The distance from K to O = sqrt [ 8^2 + n^2] = sqrt [ 64 +n^2 ]

And the distance from J to O = sqrt [ (15 - n)^2] = 15 - n

So .......sqrt [ 64] + n^2] = 15 - n ...... square both sides

64 + n^2 = 225 - 30n + n^2

30n = 225 - 64

30n = 161

n = 161 / 30

So, "O" = (8, 161/30)

And the distance from J to O = 15 - 161/30 = [450 - 161] / 30 = 289/30 ..... this is the circumradius......!!!

And the equation of the circle through all three points is :

(x - 8)^2 + (y - 161/30)^2 = (289/ 30)^2

P.S. = There is a "formula" for finding the circumradius of a triangle = [ a* b * c ] / [ 4 A] where a,b,c are the sides of the triangle and A is the area......

Using this, we have [ 16 * 17^2] / [ 4 * 120] = 289 / 30 .....the same result as mine !!!!

Here's the proof of this "formula"...it's surprisingly simple !!!!........http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Circumradius

CPhill
Nov 21, 2015