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The figure shows a circle with radius 1 and a right △ABC with AB=BC. Segment AB cuts the circle at D. The side lengths of △DBC form a geometric progression. If the area of △ABC can be written as \sqrt{A} - B, find A and B.

 

 Aug 2, 2020
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Let DB = x, then if the common ratio of the GP is c,  BC = cx and CD = (c^2)x.

CD is a diameter of the circle, so (c^2)x = 2 ........................... (1)

Pythagoras says that

x^2 + (c^2)(x^2) = (c^4)(x^2),

so c^4 - c^2  - 1 = 0, 

so c^2 = (1 + sqrt(5))/2, .........................................................(2)

The area of the triangle ABC = (cx)(cx)/ 2 = (c^2)(x^2)/2 

= (using (1) and (2)), 

\(\displaystyle \frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}.\frac{16}{(1+\sqrt{5})^{2}}.\frac{1}{2}=\frac{4}{1+\sqrt{5}}=\sqrt{5}-1.\)

So A = 5 and B = 1.

 Aug 3, 2020

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