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Let $ABCD$ be a cyclic quadrilateral and let $AB$ and $CD$ meet at $E$. Let $M= (EBC)cap (EAD)$. Prove that $OMperp EM$

Mathematics Asked by Raheel on December 16, 2020

Let $ABCD$ be a cyclic quadrilateral and let $AB$ and $CD$ meet at $E$. Let $M= (EBC)cap (EAD)$. Prove that $OMperp EM$

I took midpoint of $AB$ as $M_1$ and midpoint of $DC$ as $M_2$ . I noticed that $(EM_1OM_2)$ is cyclic and it is enough to show that $EM_1OM_2M$ is cyclic.

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PS: Diagram by @Shubhangi

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You are very close!

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Just note that M is the spiral center of the spiral similarity $S$ sending $AB$ to $DC$ . And hence the spiral similarity $S$ also take the midpoint of $AB$ to midpoint of $DC$.

So $S:M_1 rightarrow M_2 $

So $S:BM_1 rightarrow CM_2$ .

So $M$ is the spiral center of the spiral symmetry which takes $BM_1$ to $CM_2$.

But notice that $BM_1cap CM_2=E implies M =(EBC) cap (EM_1M_2)$

So $M in (EM_1M_2)$ and by your observation, we get $Min (EM_1OM_2)$ , and hence we have $OMperp EM$.


Here M is called the miquel point and if we define $F=BCcap DA$ , then we have $Min EF$ if $ABCD$ is cyclic .

Correct answer by Sunaina Pati on December 16, 2020

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