Problem #2162

 2162 Circles with centers $A$ and $B$ have radii $3$ and $8$, respectively. A common internal tangent intersects the circles at $C$ and $D$, respectively. Lines $AB$ and $CD$ intersect at $E$, and $AE=5$. What is $CD$? $[asy]unitsize(2.5mm); defaultpen(fontsize(10pt)+linewidth(.8pt)); dotfactor=3; pair A=(0,0), Ep=(5,0), B=(5+40/3,0); pair M=midpoint(A--Ep); pair C=intersectionpoints(Circle(M,2.5),Circle(A,3))[1]; pair D=B+8*dir(180+degrees(C)); dot(A); dot(C); dot(B); dot(D); draw(C--D); draw(A--B); draw(Circle(A,3)); draw(Circle(B,8)); label("A",A,W); label("B",B,E); label("C",C,SE); label("E",Ep,SSE); label("D",D,NW);[/asy]$ $\mathrm{(A)}\ 13\qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ \frac{44}{3}\qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ \sqrt{221}\qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ \sqrt{255}\qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ \frac{55}{3}$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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