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An isoceles triangle is circumscribed about the unit circle so that the equal sides meet at a point (0,a) on the y-axis. find the value of a that minimizes the lengths of the equal sides. (you may be surprised that the result does not give an equilateral triangle)

- I have named all sides of the triangle to make segments. A is the 3rd quadrant, B is 4th, C is (0,a), D is the intersection between A and C, E is between C and B and last F on the y-axis between A and B. I have also gotten as far to solving for CE by using Pythagorean theorem. I don't quite understand what I should do next.

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Step 1 Step 2

From figure 1, it is observed that, Step 3

Compare the above two values and deduce that, ...

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