Let \(ABCD\) be a square and \(P\) be a point on the side \(CD\) (\(P\neq C\) and \(P\neq D\) ). Let \(AQ\) and \(BR\) be heights in the triangle \(ABP\), and let \(S\) be the interesection point of lines \(CQ\) and \(DR\). Prove that \(\angle ASB=90°\).

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TopNewestI will give you some hints. 1. Suppose line \(AQ\) intersect side \(BC\) at \(M\), and line \(BR\) intersect side \(AD\) at \(N\). Then \(QMCP\) and \(RPDN\) are cyclic. 2. In the picture there are many pairs of congruent triangles. – Jorge Tipe · 2 years, 11 months ago

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I am still struggling to find a solution to the least value of z satisfying z^3=a^4+b^4+(a+b)^4 for distinct positive integers a and b

All I want is the answer not the solution

Can you help me – Des O Carroll · 2 years, 11 months ago

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– Jorge Tipe · 2 years, 11 months ago

The answer is 392.Log in to reply

Will not trouble you again

Good luck with the Olympiad training

Des O Carroll – Des O Carroll · 2 years, 11 months ago

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in triangle abc angle a+b=90°, c=? – Gauri Shankar · 2 years, 3 months ago

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Jorge's hint was what I first thought of to trigger some cyclics , however I will present another proof(more or less the same but probably differ in motivation since one is more of the wishful thinking type and one is more direct and logical)

It suffices to prove \(\angle CQP+\angle PRD=90\), this inspired me to drop pedals from \(C,D\) to \(PB,PA\) respectively, denote them \(X,Y\), now we just have to prove \(\triangle CQX\sim \triangle RDY\iff \frac {CX}{QX}=\frac {RY}{DY}\). Now pay some attention to congruent\(\triangle BCX,\triangle ABQ\) and \(\triangle ADX, \triangle BAR\) and the rest is not hard and can be proceeded multiple ways. – Xuming Liang · 2 years, 11 months ago

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presumably we can let p be the midpoint of cd and use coordinate geometry

the calculations turn out to be a little awkward as is usual when using this method but it is the only way I can prove the result would love to see other solutions – Des O Carroll · 2 years, 11 months ago

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