Problem B. 3832. (September 2005)
B. 3832. P is an arbitrary point of the hypotenuse AB of a right-angled triangle ABC. The foot of the altitude drawn from vertex C is C1. The projection of P onto the leg AC is A1, and its projection onto the leg BC is B1.
a) Prove that the points P, A1, C, B1, C1 lie on a circle.
b) Prove that the triangles A1B1C1 and ABC are similar.
Deadline expired on 17 October 2005.
Solution. (a) The angles PA1C, PB1C, PC1C are all right angles, so points A1, B1, C1 lie on the circle of diameter PC. Due to the right angle at C, another diameter of this circle is A1B1.
(b) From the triangles ABC and CBC1, BAC=90o-angleABC=BCC1. Since quadrilateral CA1C1B1 is cyclic, B1CC1=B1A1C1. Therefore, the red angles in the Figure are equal.
Similarly, also the blue angles are equal.
Triangles ABC and A1B1C1 are similar because they have equal angles, respectively.
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