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Problem No.

276 solution
B
C
A
y
x
D
H
45°
135°
E
Problem Corner | Solution 276 | by Dave Lindell, LS
Problem No. 276 Solution

Extend the circular arc to point E so that angle CAE is 90º. Draw lines BE and CD.

Because angle CDE subtends the arc ED from a point on the circle it is one-half the
angle CAE at the center of the circle, or +5º, no matter where point D is. That makes
angle BDC 135º, no matter where point D is. DH is maximum when point H is at the
midpoint of BC.

Letting BC = a,
+5
tan 2 1
2
x
x a
 
= = −
 
+
 
from which
2
a
x =
and
( )
2 1
2
a
y
− ⋅
=