1. ## Geometry puzzle

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         A

E
D

C          B
Triangle ABC is isosceles, equal angles at B and C = 80.

D is on AC, such that CD = BC.

E is on AB, such that angle BCE = 60.

Find size of angle DEC. No trigonometry allowed! Have fun.

2. Originally Posted by Wilmer
Code:
         A

E
D

C          B
Triangle ABC is isosceles, equal angles at B and C = 80.

D is on AC, such that CD = BC.

E is on AB, such that angle BCE = 60.

Find size of angle DEC. No trigonometry allowed! Have fun.
DEC=30

Full solution:
Spoiler:
I drew a scale diagram and measured it.

3. BUT your "pencil" you "drew" with could be wide enough to be off a degree or so !!
Nice try, Alex.
But now that you have a diagram to play with, go "get the proof"

4. 1st hint: place point F on AB such that CF = CB

5. 2nd hint: examine triangle CFD

6. Let $\displaystyle F$ be the reflection of $\displaystyle B$ across the foot of perpendicular of $\displaystyle C$ to $\displaystyle AB$ . Then $\displaystyle CF = CB$ , $\displaystyle \angle CFB = 80^o$ . We find that $\displaystyle \angle ECF = \angle CFB - \angle CEF = 80^o - 40^o = \angle CEF$ so $\displaystyle CF = EF$ . At the same time , $\displaystyle \angle DCF = 60^o$ and $\displaystyle CD = CB = CF$ so $\displaystyle \Delta DCF$ is equilateral . We thus have $\displaystyle FC = FD = FE$ . Therefore , $\displaystyle F$ is the circumcentre of $\displaystyle \Delta DCE$ so $\displaystyle \angle CED = \frac{1}{2}~ \angle CFD = \frac{1}{2}~ 60^o = 30^o$

7. Nice. I like this solution (# means angle) :

Triangle BCE: it is given that #ABC = 80 and #BCE = 60; then #BEC = 40

Triangle CDF: this triangle being equilateral, then #CFD = 60;
since #BFC = 80, this leaves #DFE = 180-80-60 = 40

Triangle DEF: #EDF = #DEF, so #CED + 40 = 70, hence #CED = 30