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Gold Yet Again

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Nick Lord says that this problem is immediately enticing for students (and for him) and there are many possible approaches to explore and compare.
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In the equilateral triangle inscribed in the circle, $X$ and $Y$ are the midpoints of the edges. Find the ratio${XZ\over XY}$.

The square sits on a diameter of the circle. Find the ratio ${XZ\over XY}$.

The regular pentagon is inscribed in the circle. Find the ratio ${XZ\over XY}$.

See also the problem Gold Again.