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Cyclic Hexagon And Ratio (Posted on 2007-12-08) Difficulty: 3 of 5
The six sides of a cyclic hexagon PQRSTU are PQ, QR, RS, ST, TU and UP. It is known that PQ= RS= TU and the diagonals PS, QT and RU meet at the point V. The lines PS and RT intersect at the point W.

Determine the ratio RW/WT, given that PR = 3*RT.

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        .Q                                              R .
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   .                                                    V     WS
   P                                                           T
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            .                                         .U
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Unfortunately the reader must visualise the lineal connections.

No Solution Yet Submitted by K Sengupta    
Rating: 4.0000 (2 votes)

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re: More Thoughts | Comment 4 of 6 |
(In reply to More Thoughts by Brian Smith)

Without a Geometer's Sketchpad it is difficult to find where the diagonals PS, QT and RU might meet at point V and where PR = 3*RT, and I suspect it might be easier to algebraically and trigonometrically solve this.  Nonetheless, using Paint as my "Geometer's Sketchpad" I can give what I believe might be an approximate ratio -- 8:1.  Unfortunately I can not yet prove this nor be certain how close to accurate my guess is.

 

Edited on December 11, 2007, 3:53 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2007-12-10 06:43:44

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