## Vietnam tst 2004

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### Vietnam tst 2004

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Let $A_{1},B_{1},C_{1},D_{1},E_{1}, F_{1}$ be the midpoints of the sides $AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA$ respectively of a hexagon $ABCDEF$. Let $p$ be the perimeter of hexagon $ABCDEF$ and $p_{1}$ be that of $A_{1}B_{1}C_{1}D_{1}E_{1} F_{1}$ .Suppose that the hexagon $A_{1}B_{1}C_{1}D_{1}E_{1}F_{1}$ has equal angles. Prove that $p ≥\frac {2}{\sqrt 3}p_{1}$. When does equality hold?.

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### Re: Vietnam tst 2004

The equality holds only when $ABCDEF$ is also equiangular.

Taking the $\triangle A_1BB_1$, it can be observed that when the perpendicular is dropped from $B$ on to $A_{1}B_{1}$, two right-angled triangles are formed, where the other two angles in each triangle are $30^\circ$ and $60^\circ$.

Hence, we obtain the ratio $=>$

$p:p_1=2:\sqrt3$
$p=\frac {2}{\sqrt3} p_1$.