Problem #1910


A circle of radius $r$ passes through both foci of, and exactly four points on, the ellipse with equation $x^2+16y^2=16$. The set of all possible values of $r$ is an interval $[a,b)$. What is $a+b$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 5\sqrt{2}+4 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \sqrt{17}+7 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 6\sqrt{2}+3 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \sqrt{15}+8 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 12$

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  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
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  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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