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Problem C. 941. (April 2008)

C. 941. There are two lamps on the ceiling of a rectangular classroom of length 10 m. They emit conical light beam of apex angles of 90o. One is situated in the middle of the ceiling, and illuminates a circle of diameter 6 m on the floor. The lampshade of the other lamp is turned so that the illuminated region on the floor is long enough to draw a line segment of length 10 m on it in the direction parallel to the length of the room, but no light falls on the walls at the ends of the room. Find the distance between the two lamps.

(5 pont)

Deadline expired on May 15, 2008.

Sorry, the solution is available only in Hungarian. Google translation

Megoldás. Az AGB háromszögben az AB oldallal szemközti szög, AGB\angle=90o, így Thalesz tétele szerint AE=EB=EG=\frac{10}{2}=5.

Tudjuk, hogy CE=ED=3. Mivel a CFD háromszögben CD-vel szemben 90o-os szög található, ezért szintén a Thalesz-tétel miatt EF=3.

Végül az EFG háromszögre Pitagorasz tételét felírva kapjuk, hogy FG2=EG2-FE2=52-32=16, ahonnan FG=4.


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Problems in Mathematics of KöMaL, April 2008