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\ihead{Evan Chen}
\begin{document}
\title{The Incenter/Excenter Lemma}
\author{Evan Chen\thanks{Email: \mailto{contact@evanchen.cc}}}
\date{August 6, 2016}
\maketitle
In this short note, we'll be considering the following very useful lemma.
\begin{lemma*}
Let $ABC$ be a triangle with incenter $I$, $A$-excenter $I_A$, and denote by $L$ the midpoint of arc $BC$.
Show that $L$ is the center of a circle through $I$, $I_A$, $B$, $C$.
\end{lemma*}
\begin{center}
\begin{asy}
pair A = dir(110);
pair B = dir(210);
pair C = dir(330);
pair I = incenter(A, B, C);
draw(A--B--C--cycle);
draw(unitcircle);
pair L = dir(270);
pair I_A = 2*L-I;
draw(CP(L, I), blue);
draw(A--I_A, dotted);
dot("$A$", A, dir(A));
dot("$B$", B, dir(190));
dot("$C$", C, dir(-10));
dot("$I$", I, dir(60));
dot("$L$", L, dir(225));
dot("$I_A$", I_A, dir(I_A));
/* Source generated by TSQ */
\end{asy}
\end{center}
\begin{proof}
This is just angle chasing.
Let $A = \angle BAC$, $B = \angle CBA$, $C = \angle ACB$,
and note that $A$, $I$, $L$ are collinear (as $L$ is on the angle bisector).
We are going to show that $LB = LI$, the other cases being similar.
First, notice that
\[ \angle LBI = \angle LBC + \angle CBI
= \angle LAC + \angle CBI
= \angle IAC + \angle CBI
= \half A + \half B.
\]
However,
\[ \angle BIL = \angle BAI + \angle ABI
= \half A + \half B.
\]
Hence, $\triangle BIL$ is isosceles.
So $LB = LI$.
The rest of the proof proceeds along these lines.
\end{proof}
Now, let's see where this lemma has come up before\dots
\eject
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\section{Mild Embarrassments}
\begin{problem}
[USAMO 1988] Triangle $ABC$ has incenter $I$.
Consider the triangle whose vertices are the circumcenters of $\triangle IAB$, $\triangle IBC$, $\triangle ICA$.
Show that its circumcenter coincides with the circumcenter of $\triangle ABC$.
\begin{hint}
Tautological.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[CGMO 2012] The incircle of a triangle $ABC$ is tangent to sides $AB$ and $AC$ at $D$ and $E$ respectively, and $O$ is the circumcenter of triangle $BCI$. Prove that $\angle ODB = \angle OEC$.
\begin{hint}
Who is $O$?
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[CHMMC Spring 2012] In triangle $ABC$, the angle bisector of $\angle A$
meets the perpendicular bisector of $\overline{BC}$ at point $D$.
The angle bisector of $\angle B$ meets the perpendicular bisector
of $\overline{AC}$ at point $E$.
Let $F$ be the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of $\overline{BC}$ and $\overline{AC}$.
Find $DF$, given that $\angle ADF = 5^{\circ}$,
$\angle BEF = 10^{\circ}$ and $AC = 3$.
\begin{hint}
Point $F$ is the circumcenter of $\triangle ABC$.
Who are $D$ and $E$?
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[Nine-Point Circle]
Let $ABC$ be an acute triangle with orthocenter $H$.
Let $D$, $E$, $F$ be the feet of the altitudes from $A$, $B$, $C$ to the opposite sides.
Show that the midpoint of $\overline{AH}$ lies on the circumcircle of $\triangle DEF$.
\begin{hint}
What is the incenter of $\triangle DEF$?
What is the $D$-excenter?
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\section{Some Short-Answer Problems}
\begin{problem}
[HMMT 2011] Let $ABCD$ be a cyclic quadrilateral, and suppose that $BC = CD = 2$. Let $I$ be the incenter of triangle $ABD$. If $AI = 2$ as well, find the minimum value of the length of diagonal $BD$.
\begin{hint}
Show that $AC = 4$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[HMMT 2013] Let triangle $ABC$ satisfy $2BC = AB+AC$ and have incenter $I$ and circumcircle $\omega$. Let $D$ be the intersection of $AI$ and $\omega$ (with $A$, $D$ distinct). Prove that $I$ is the midpoint of $AD$.
\begin{hint}
Apply Ptolemy's Theorem.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[Online Math Open 2014/F19] In triangle $ABC$, $AB=3$, $AC=5$, and $BC=7$. Let $E$ be the reflection of $A$ over $\overline{BC}$, and let line $BE$ meet the circumcircle of $ABC$ again at $D$. Let $I$ be the incenter of $\triangle ABD$.
Compute $\cos \angle AEI$.
\begin{hint}
Who is $C$? Erase $E$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[NIMO 2012] Let $ABXC$ be a cyclic quadrilateral such that $\angle XAB = \angle XAC$.
Let $I$ be the incenter of triangle $ABC$
and by $D$ the foot of $I$ on $\overline{BC}$.
Given $AI=25$, $ID = 7$, and $BC = 14$, find $XI$.
\begin{hint}
Apply Ptolemy's Theorem.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\section{Intermediate Examples}
\begin{problem}
Let $ABC$ be an acute triangle such that $\angle A = 60\dg$.
Prove that $IH = IO$, where $I$, $H$, $O$ are the incenter, orthocenter, and circumcenter.
\begin{hint}
Since $\angle BHC = \angle BIC = \angle BOC = 120\dg$, points $H$ and $O$ now lie on the magic circle too.
So $IH = IO$ is just an equality of certain arcs.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[IMO 2006] Let $ABC$ be a triangle with incenter $I$. A point $P$ in the interior of the triangle satisfies \[\angle PBA+\angle PCA = \angle PBC+\angle PCB.\] Show that $AP \geq AI$, and that equality holds if and only if $P=I$.
\begin{hint}
Use the angle condition to show that $P$ also lies on the magic circle.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
%\begin{problem}
% [Online Math Open 2012/F24] In scalene $\triangle ABC$, $I$ is the incenter, $I_a$ is the $A$-excenter, $D$ is the midpoint of arc $BC$ of the circumcircle of $ABC$ not containing $A$, and $M$ is the midpoint of side $BC$. Extend ray $IM$ past $M$ to point $P$ such that $IM = MP$. Let $Q$ be the intersection of $DP$ and $MI_a$, and $R$ be the point on the line $MI_a$ such that $AR\parallel DP$. Given that $\frac{AI_a}{AI}=9$, the ratio $\frac{QM} {RI_a}$ can be expressed in the form $\frac{m}{n}$ for two relatively prime positive integers $m,n$. Compute $m+n$.
%\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[APMO 2007] In triangle $ABC$, we have $AB > AC$ and $\angle A = 60\dg$.
Let $I$ and $H$ denote the incenter and orthocenter of the triangle.
Show that $2\angle AHI = 3\angle B$.
\begin{hint}
The point $H$ lies on the magic circle.
So $\angle IHC = 180\dg - \angle IBC$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[ELMO 2013, Evan Chen] Triangle $ABC$ is inscribed in circle $\omega$. A circle with chord $BC$ intersects segments $AB$ and $AC$ again at $S$ and $R$, respectively. Segments $BR$ and $CS$ meet at $L$, and rays $LR$ and $LS$ intersect $\omega$ at $D$ and $E$, respectively. The internal angle bisector of $\angle BDE$ meets line $ER$ at $K$. Prove that if $BE = BR$, then $\angle ELK = \tfrac{1}{2} \angle BCD$.
\begin{hint}
You need to do quite a bit of angle chasing.
Show that $R$ is the incenter of $\triangle CDE$.
Who is $B$?
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[Online Math Open 2012/F27]
Let $ABC$ be a triangle with circumcircle $\omega$. Let the bisector of $\angle ABC$ meet segment $AC$ at $D$ and circle $\omega$ at $M\ne B$. The circumcircle of $\triangle BDC$ meets line $AB$ at $E\ne B$, and $CE$ meets $\omega$ at $P\ne C$. The bisector of $\angle PMC$ meets segment $AC$ at $Q\ne C$. Given that $PQ = MC$, determine the degree measure of $\angle ABC$.
\begin{hint}
Both $M$ and $P$ are arc midpoints. (Why?)
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\section{Harder Tasks}
\begin{problem}
[Iran 2001] Let $ABC$ be a triangle with incenter $I$ and $A$-excenter $I_A$. Let $M$ be the midpoint of arc $BC$ not containing $A$, and let $N$ denote the midpoint of arc $MBA$.
Lines $NI$ and $NI_A$ intersect the circumcircle of $ABC$ at $S$ and $T$.
Prove that the lines $ST$, $BC$ and $AI$ are concurrent.
\begin{hint}
First show that $S$, $T$, $I$, $I_A$ are concyclic, say by $NI \cdot NS = NM^2 = NI_A \cdot NT$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[Online Math Open 2014/F26] Let $ABC$ be a triangle with $AB=26$, $AC=28$, $BC=30$. Let $X$, $Y$, $Z$ be the midpoints of arcs $BC$, $CA$, $AB$ (not containing the opposite vertices) respectively on the circumcircle of $ABC$. Let $P$ be the midpoint of arc $BC$ containing point $A$. Suppose lines $BP$ and $XZ$ meet at $M$ , while lines $CP$ and $XY$ meet at $N$. Find the square of the distance from $X$ to $MN$.
\begin{hint}
Add the incenter $I$.
Line $MN$ is a tangent.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[Euler]
Let $ABC$ be a triangle with incenter $I$ and circumcenter $O$.
Show that $IO^2 = R(R-2r)$, where $R$ and $r$ are the circumradius and inradius of $\triangle ABC$, respectively.
\begin{hint}
Add in point $L$, the midpoint of arc $BC$.
By Power of a Point, it's equivalent to prove $AI \cdot IL = 2Rr$,
which can be done with similar triangles.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
%\begin{problem}
% [JMO 2014] Let $ABC$ be a triangle with incenter $I$, incircle $\gamma$ and circumcircle $\Gamma$. Let $M,N,P$ be the midpoints of sides $\overline{BC}$, $\overline{CA}$, $\overline{AB}$ and let $E,F$ be the tangency points of $\gamma$ with $\overline{CA}$ and $\overline{AB}$, respectively. Let $U,V$ be the intersections of line $EF$ with line $MN$ and line $MP$, respectively, and let $X$ be the midpoint of arc $BAC$ of $\Gamma$.
% \begin{enumerate}[(a)]
% \ii Prove that $I$ lies on ray $CV$.
% \ii Prove that line $XI$ bisects $\overline{UV}$.
% \end{enumerate}
%\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
[IMO 2010]
Let $I$ be the incenter of a triangle $ABC$ and let $\Gamma$ be its circumcircle.
Let the line $AI$ intersect $\Gamma$ again at $D$.
Let $E$ be a point on the arc $BDC$ and $F$ a point on the side $BC$ such that
\[ \angle BAF = \angle CAE < \tfrac12 \angle BAC . \]
Finally, let $G$ be the midpoint of $\ol{IF}$. Prove that $\ol{DG}$ and $\ol{EI}$ intersect on $\Gamma$.
\begin{hint}
Take a homothety with ratio $2$ at $I$.
This sends $G$ to $F$ and $D$ to the $A$-excenter.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\section{Bonus Problems}
\begin{problem}
[Russia 2014] Let $ABC$ be a triangle with $AB>BC$ and circumcircle $\Omega$.
Points $M$, $N$ lie on the sides $AB$, $BC$ respectively, such that $AM=CN$.
Lines $MN$ and $AC$ meet at $K$.
Let $P$ be the incenter of the triangle $AMK$, and let $Q$ be the $K$-excenter of the triangle $CNK$.
If $R$ is midpoint of arc $ABC$ of $\Omega$ then prove that $RP=RQ$.
\begin{hint}
Construct arc midpoints on the circumcircles of both $\triangle AMJ$ and $\triangle CNK$.
Use spiral similarity at $R$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\begin{problem}
Let $ABC$ be a triangle with circumcircle $\Omega$, and let $D$ be any point on $\ol{BC}$.
We draw a \emph{curvilinear incircle} tangent to $\overline{AD}$ at $L$, to $\overline{BC}$ at $K$
and internally tangent to $\Omega$.
Show that the incenter of triangle $ABC$ lies on $\overline{KL}$.
\begin{hint}
Let the tangency point to $\Omega$ be $T$, let $M$ be the midpoint of arc $BC$,
and let lines $KL$ and $AM$ meet at $I$.
Show that $M$, $K$, $T$ are collinear.
Show that $ALIT$ is cyclic.
Prove that $MI^2 = MK \cdot MT = MC^2 = MI^2$.
\end{hint}
\end{problem}
\eject
\section{Hints to the Problems}
\Closesolutionfile{all-hints}
\begin{enumerate}
\input{all-hints.out}
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}