In isosceles right triangle ABC, shown here, AC = BC. Point X is on side BC such that CX = 6 and XB = 12, and Y is on side AB such that XY is perpendicular to AB. What is the ratio of BY to YA?

Guest May 1, 2022

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Because \(\triangle ABC\) is isoceles, \(AB = 18 \sqrt 2 \)

Because it is an isceles right triangle, \(\angle B = 45\), meaning that \(BY = {12 \over \sqrt2} = 6 \sqrt 2 \)

We also know that \(AY = 12 \sqrt 2\), because \(BY + YA = AB\)

Thus, the ratio of \(BY: YA = 6 \sqrt 2: 12 \sqrt 2 = \color{brown}\boxed{1 \over 2} \)

BuilderBoi May 1, 2022