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Let PQR be an equilateral triangle, centered at O.  A point X is chosen at random inside the triangle.  Find the probability that X is closer to O than to any of the sides.  (In other words, find the probability that XO is shorter than XA, XB, and XC.)

 Mar 15, 2023
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Let's first draw a diagram to visualize the problem:

```
            P
           / \
          /   \
         /     \
        /       \
       /         \
      /           \
     /             \
    Q ------------- R
```

In this diagram, PQR is an equilateral triangle centered at O, and X is a point chosen at random inside the triangle.

To find the probability that X is closer to O than to any of the sides of PQR, we can divide the triangle into three smaller equilateral triangles, each with base equal to one of the sides of PQR. Let A, B, and C be the midpoints of sides PQ, QR, and RP, respectively. Then:

- Triangle OAB: X is closer to O than to side QR if and only if it lies inside equilateral triangle OAB. The distance from X to O is shorter than the distance from X to QR if and only if X lies inside the circle with center O and radius OA. Since OA = 1/2 times the length of a side of PQR, the area of triangle OAB is (1/2)^2 times the area of PQR, or 1/4.
- Triangle OBC: Same as OAB.
- Triangle OCA: Same as OAB.

Therefore, the probability that X is closer to O than to any of the sides of PQR is the sum of the areas of triangles OAB, OBC, and OCA, divided by the area of PQR:

P(X is closer to O than to any side of PQR) = (1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4) / (sqrt(3)/4) = 3/sqrt(3) = sqrt(3)

So the probability that X is closer to O than to any of the sides of PQR is sqrt(3) or approximately 1.732.

 Mar 16, 2023

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