PROBLEMS FOR AUGUST
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Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
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A rectangular hyperbola
is an hyperbola
whose asymmptotes are at right angles.
A triangle has its three vertices on a rectangular
hyperbola. Prove that its orthocentre also lies on the
Let a1, a2, ¼, an+1, b1, b2, ¼, bn be nonnegative real numbers for which
(i) a1 ³
a2 ³ ¼ ³
(ii) 0 £ bk £ 1 for k = 1, 2, ¼, n.
Suppose that m = ëb1 + b2 + ¼+ bn û+ 1. Prove that
ak bk £ ||
Let E and F be respective points on sides
AB and BC of a triangle ABC for which AE = CF. The
circle passing through the points B, C, E and the circle
passing through the points A, B, F intersect at B and
D. Prove that BD is the bisector of angle ABC.
If 10 equally spaced points around a circle
are joined consecutively, a convex regular inscribed decagon
P is obtained; if every third point is joined, a
self-intersecting regular decagon Q is formed. Prove that
the difference between the length of a side of Q and
the length of a side of P is equal to the radius of the
circle. [With thanks to Ross Honsberger.]
Let a, b, u, v be nonnegative. Suppose that
a5 + b5 £ 1 and u5 + v5 £ 1. Prove that
[With thanks to Ross
Prove that there exists a tetrahedron ABCD, all
of whose faces are similar right triangles, each face having
acute angles at A and B. Determine which of the edges of
the tetrahedron is largest and which is smallest, and find the
ratio of their lengths.