Let ABC be a triangle with integral side lengths such that angle A=3 * angle B. Find the minimum value of its perimeter.
(In reply to re(4): NO DICE.....not a spoiler
xdog. I think you’ve got it.
I’ve been struggling to find the connection between
the m and n values. But I now realise that,
provided n>m*sqrt(2) (so that a > 0), all integer
pairs (m, n) give valid solutions to my equation (3).
So, writing b = m3 (I think you meant m rather than n)
and a + b = mn2, it follows that a = m(n2 – m2)
c = n(n2 – 2m2). Also, the perimeter than simplifies to:
a + b + c = n(n – m)(n + 2m)
having its smallest value, 21, when m = 2 and n = 3.
Of course some solutions need rejecting since they
don’t satisfy the triangle inequalities (e.g. m=1, n=2)
Also, some are multiples of others, but such duplicate
similar triangles can be avoided by using co-prime
pairs for (m, n).
However, whether this parametric solution covers all
possibilities remains unproven …..
Posted by Harry
on 2015-03-06 19:01:18