1972 AHSME Problems

1972 AHSC (Answer Key)
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Problem 1

The lengths in inches of the three sides of each of four triangles $I, II, III$, and $IV$ are as follows:

$\begin{array}{rlrl} \hbox{I}& 3,\ 4,\ \hbox{and}\ 5\qquad & \hbox{III}& 7,\ 24,\ \hbox{and}\ 25\\  \hbox{II}& 4,\ 7\frac{1}{2},\ \hbox{and}\ 8\frac{1}{2}\qquad & \hbox{IV}& 3\frac{1}{2},\ 4\frac{1}{2},\ \hbox{and}\ 5\frac{1}{2}.\end{array}$

Of these four given triangles, the only right triangles are

$\text{(A)  I and II}\qquad  \text{(B)  I and III}\qquad \text{(C)  I and IV} \quad \\ \text{(D)  I, II, and III} \qquad \text{(E)  I, II, and IV }$


Problem 2

If a dealer could get his goods for $8$% less while keeping his selling price fixed, his profit, based on cost, would be increased to $(x+10)$% from his present profit of $x$%, which is

$\textbf{(A) }12\%\qquad \textbf{(B) }15\%\qquad \textbf{(C) }30\%\qquad \textbf{(D) }50\%\qquad  \textbf{(E) }75\%$


Problem 3

If $x=\dfrac{1-i\sqrt{3}}{2}$ where $i=\sqrt{-1}$, then $\dfrac{1}{x^2-x}$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }-2\qquad \textbf{(B) }-1\qquad \textbf{(C) }1+i\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(D) }1\qquad  \textbf{(E) }2$


Problem 4

The number of solutions to $\{1,~2\}\subseteq~X~\subseteq~\{1,~2,~3,~4,~5\}$, where $X$ is a subset of $\{1,~2,~3,~4,~5\}$ is

$\textbf{(A) }2\qquad \textbf{(B) }4\qquad \textbf{(C) }6\qquad \textbf{(D) }8\qquad  \textbf{(E) }\text{None of these}$


Problem 5

From among $2^{1/2}, 3^{1/3}, 8^{1/8}, 9^{1/9}$ those which have the greatest and the next to the greatest values, in that order, are

$\textbf{(A) } 3^{1/3},\ 2^{1/2}\quad  \textbf{(B) } 3^{1/3},\ 8^{1/8}\quad  \textbf{(C) } 3^{1/3},\ 9^{1/9}\quad  \textbf{(D) } 8^{1/8},\ 9^{1/9}\quad \\  \text{(E) None of these}$


Problem 6

If $3^{2x}+9=10\left(3^{x}\right)$, then the value of $(x^2+1)$ is

$\textbf{(A) }1\text{ only}\qquad \textbf{(B) }5\text{ only}\qquad \textbf{(C) }1\text{ or }5\qquad \textbf{(D) }2\qquad \textbf{(E) }10$


Problem 7

If $yz:zx:xy=1:2:3$, then $\dfrac{x}{yz}:\dfrac{y}{zx}$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }3:2\qquad \textbf{(B) }1:2\qquad \textbf{(C) }1:4\qquad \textbf{(D) }2:1\qquad  \textbf{(E) }4:1$


Problem 8

If $|x-\log y|=x+\log y$ where $x$ and $\log y$ are real, then

$\textbf{(A) }x=0\qquad \textbf{(B) }y=1\qquad \textbf{(C) }x=0\text{ and }y=1\qquad\\ \textbf{(D) }x(y-1)=0\qquad  \textbf{(E) }\text{None of these}$


Problem 9

Ann and Sue bought identical boxes of stationery. Ann used hers to write $1$-sheet letters and Sue used hers to write $3$-sheet letters. Ann used all the envelopes and had $50$ sheets of paper left, while Sue used all of the sheets of paper and had $50$ envelopes left. The number of sheets of paper in each box was

$\textbf{(A) } 150 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 125 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 120 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 100 \qquad     \textbf{(E) } 80 \qquad$


Problem 10

For $x$ real, the inequality $1\le |x-2|\le 7$ is equivalent to

$\textbf{(A) }x\le 1\text{ or }x\ge 3\qquad \textbf{(B) }1\le x\le 3\qquad \textbf{(C) }-5\le x\le 9\qquad \\ \textbf{(D) }-5\le x\le 1\text{ or }3\le x\le 9\qquad  \textbf{(E) }-6\le x\le 1\text{ or }3\le x\le 10$


Problem 11

The value(s) of $y$ for which the following pair of equations $x^2+y^2+16=0\text{ and }x^2-3y+12=0$ may have a real common solution, are

$\textbf{(A) }4\text{ only}\qquad \textbf{(B) }-7,~4\qquad \textbf{(C) }0,~4\qquad \textbf{(D) }\text{no }y\qquad  \textbf{(E) }\text{all }y$


Problem 12

The number of cubic feet in the volume of a cube is the same as the number of square inches in its surface area. The length of the edge expressed as a number of feet is

$\textbf{(A) }6\qquad \textbf{(B) }864\qquad \textbf{(C) }1728\qquad \textbf{(D) }6\times 1728\qquad  \textbf{(E) }2304$


Problem 13

[asy] draw(unitsquare);draw((0,0)--(.4,1)^^(0,.6)--(1,.2)); label("D",(0,1),NW);label("E",(.4,1),N);label("C",(1,1),NE); label("P",(0,.6),W);label("M",(.25,.55),E);label("Q",(1,.2),E); label("A",(0,0),SW);label("B",(1,0),SE); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram [/asy]

Inside square $ABCD$ (See figure) with sides of length $12$ inches, segment $AE$ is drawn where $E$ is the point on $DC$ which is $5$ inches from $D$. The perpendicular bisector of $AE$ is drawn and intersects $AE, AD$, and $BC$ at points $M, P$, and $Q$ respectively. The ratio of segment $PM$ to $MQ$ is

$\textbf{(A) }5:12\qquad \textbf{(B) }5:13\qquad \textbf{(C) }5:19\qquad \textbf{(D) }1:4\qquad  \textbf{(E) }5:21$


Problem 14

A triangle has angles of $30^\circ$ and $45^\circ$. If the side opposite the $45^\circ$ angle has length $8$, then the side opposite the $30^\circ$ angle has length

$\textbf{(A) }4\qquad \textbf{(B) }4\sqrt{2}\qquad \textbf{(C) }4\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(D) }4\sqrt{6}\qquad  \textbf{(E) }6$


Problem 15

A contractor estimated that one of his two bricklayers would take $9$ hours to build a certain wall and the other $10$ hours. However, he knew from experience that when they worked together, their combined output fell by $10$ bricks per hour. Being in a hurry, he put both men on the job and found that it took exactly 5 hours to build the wall. The number of bricks in the wall was

$\textbf{(A) }500\qquad \textbf{(B) }550\qquad \textbf{(C) }900\qquad \textbf{(D) }950\qquad  \textbf{(E) }960$


Problem 16

There are two positive numbers that may be inserted between $3$ and $9$ such that the first three are in geometric progression while the last three are in arithmetic progression. The sum of those two positive numbers is

$\textbf{(A) }13\textstyle\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(B) }11\frac{1}{4}\qquad \textbf{(C) }10\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(D) }10\qquad \textbf{(E) }9\frac{1}{2}$


Problem 17

A piece of string is cut in two at a point selected at random. The probability that the longer piece is at least x times as large as the shorter piece is

$\textbf{(A) }\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{2}{x}\qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac{1}{x+1}\qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{1}{x}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{2}{x+1}$


Problem 18

Let $ABCD$ be a trapezoid with the measure of base $AB$ twice that of base $DC$, and let $E$ be the point of intersection of the diagonals. If the measure of diagonal $AC$ is $11$, then that of segment $EC$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }3\textstyle\frac{2}{3}\qquad \textbf{(B) }3\frac{3}{4}\qquad \textbf{(C) }4\qquad \textbf{(D) }3\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E) }3$


Problem 19

The sum of the first $n$ terms of the sequence $1,~(1+2),~(1+2+2^2),~\dots ~(1+2+2^2+\dots +2^{n-1})$ in terms of $n$ is

$\textbf{(A) }2^n\qquad \textbf{(B) }2^n-n\qquad \textbf{(C) }2^{n+1}-n\qquad \textbf{(D) }2^{n+1}-n-2\qquad  \textbf{(E) }n\cdot 2^n$


Problem 20

If $\tan x=\dfrac{2ab}{a^2-b^2}$ where $a>b>0$ and $0^\circ <x<90^\circ$, then $\sin x$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }\frac{a}{b}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{b}{a}\qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}{2a}\qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}{2ab}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{2ab}{a^2+b^2}$


Problem 21

[asy] draw((3,-13)--(21.5,-5)--(19,-18)--(9,-18)--(10,-6)--(23,-14.5)--cycle); label("A",(3,-13),W);label("C",(21.5,-5),N);label("E",(19,-18),E);label("F",(9,-18),W);label("B",(10,-6),N);label("D",(23,-14.5),E); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram[/asy]

If the sum of the measures in degrees of angles $A,~B,~C,~D,~E$ and $F$ in the figure above is $90n$, then $n$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }2\qquad \textbf{(B) }3\qquad \textbf{(C) }4\qquad \textbf{(D) }5\qquad \textbf{(E) }6$


Problem 22

If $a\pm bi~(b\neq 0)$ are imaginary roots of the equation $x^3+qx+r=0$ where $a,~b,~q$, and $r$ are real numbers, then $q$ in terms of $a$ and $b$ is

$\textbf{(A) }a^2+b^2\qquad \textbf{(B) }2a^2-b^2\qquad \textbf{(C) }b^2-a^2\qquad \textbf{(D) }b^2-2a^2\qquad  \textbf{(E) }b^2-3a^2$


Problem 23

[asy] draw((0,0)--(0,1)--(2,1)--(2,0)--cycle^^(.5,1)--(.5,2)--(1.5,2)--(1.5,1)--cycle^^(1,2)--(1,0)); [/asy]

The radius of the smallest circle containing the symmetric figure composed of the 3 unit squares shown above is

$\textbf{(A) }\sqrt{2}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\sqrt{1.25}\qquad \textbf{(C) }1.25\qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{5\sqrt{17}}{16}\qquad  \textbf{(E) }\text{None of these}$


Problem 24

A man walked a certain distance at a constant rate. If he had gone $\textstyle\frac{1}{2}$ mile per hour faster, he would have walked the distance in four-fifths of the time; if he had gone $\textstyle\frac{1}{2}$ mile per hour slower, he would have been $2\textstyle\frac{1}{2}$ hours longer on the road. The distance in miles he walked was

$\textbf{(A) }13\textstyle\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(B) }15\qquad \textbf{(C) }17\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(D) }20\qquad  \textbf{(E) }25$


Problem 25

Inscribed in a circle is a quadrilateral having sides of lengths $25,~39,~52$, and $60$ taken consecutively. The diameter of this circle has length

$\textbf{(A) }62\qquad \textbf{(B) }63\qquad \textbf{(C) }65\qquad \textbf{(D) }66\qquad  \textbf{(E) }69$


Problem 26

[asy] real t=pi/8;real u=7*pi/12;real v=13*pi/12; real ct=cos(t);real st=sin(t);real cu=cos(u);real su=sin(u); draw(unitcircle); draw((ct,st)--(-ct,st)--(cos(v),sin(v))); draw((cu,su)--(cu,st)); label("A",(-ct,st),W);label("B",(ct,st),E); label("M",(cu,su),N);label("P",(cu,st),S); label("C",(cos(v),sin(v)),W); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram [/asy]

In the circle above, $M$ is the midpoint of arc $CAB$ and segment $MP$ is perpendicular to chord $AB$ at $P$. If the measure of chord $AC$ is $x$ and that of segment $AP$ is $(x+1)$, then segment $PB$ has measure equal to

$\textbf{(A) }3x+2\qquad \textbf{(B) }3x+1\qquad \textbf{(C) }2x+3\qquad \textbf{(D) }2x+2\qquad  \textbf{(E) }2x+1$


Problem 27

If the area of $\triangle ABC$ is $64$ square units and the geometric mean (mean proportional) between sides $AB$ and $AC$ is $12$ inches, then $\sin A$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{3}{5}\qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac{4}{5}\qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{8}{9}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{15}{17}$


Problem 28

A circular disc with diameter $D$ is placed on an $8\times 8$ checkerboard with width $D$ so that the centers coincide. The number of checkerboard squares which are completely covered by the disc is

$\textbf{(A) }48\qquad \textbf{(B) }44\qquad \textbf{(C) }40\qquad \textbf{(D) }36\qquad  \textbf{(E) }32$


Problem 29

If $f(x)=\log \left(\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right)$ for $-1<x<1$, then $f\left(\frac{3x+x^3}{1+3x^2}\right)$ in terms of $f(x)$ is

$\textbf{(A) }-f(x)\qquad \textbf{(B) }2f(x)\qquad \textbf{(C) }3f(x)\qquad \textbf{(D) }\left[f(x)\right]^2\qquad \\ \textbf{(E) }[f(x)]^3-f(x)$


Problem 30

[asy] real h = 7; real t = asin(6/h)/2; real x = 6-h*tan(t); real y = x*tan(2*t); draw((0,0)--(0,h)--(6,h)--(x,0)--cycle); draw((x,0)--(0,y)--(6,h)); draw((6,h)--(6,0)--(x,0),dotted); label("L",(3.75,h/2),W); label("$\theta$",(6,h-1.5),W);draw(arc((6,h),2,270,270-degrees(t)),Arrow(2mm)); label("6''",(3,0),S); draw((2.5,-.5)--(0,-.5),Arrow(2mm)); draw((3.5,-.5)--(6,-.5),Arrow(2mm)); draw((0,-.25)--(0,-.75));draw((6,-.25)--(6,-.75)); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram [/asy]

A rectangular piece of paper 6 inches wide is folded as in the diagram so that one corner touches the opposite side. The length in inches of the crease L in terms of angle $\theta$ is

$\textbf{(A) }3\sec ^2\theta\csc\theta\qquad \textbf{(B) }6\sin\theta\sec\theta\qquad \textbf{(C) }3\sec\theta\csc\theta\qquad \textbf{(D) }6\sec\theta\csc^2\theta\qquad \textbf{(E) }\text{None of these}$


Problem 31

When the number $2^{1000}$ is divided by $13$, the remainder in the division is

$\textbf{(A) }1\qquad \textbf{(B) }2\qquad \textbf{(C) }3\qquad \textbf{(D) }7\qquad  \textbf{(E) }11$


Problem 32

[asy] real t=pi/12;real u=8*t; real cu=cos(u);real su=sin(u); draw(unitcircle); draw((cos(-t),sin(-t))--(cos(13*t),sin(13*t))); draw((cu,su)--(cu,-su)); label("A",(cos(13*t),sin(13*t)),W); label("B",(cos(-t),sin(-t)),E); label("C",(cu,su),N); label("D",(cu,-su),S); label("E",(cu,sin(-t)),NE); label("2",((cu-1)/2,sin(-t)),N); label("6",((cu+1)/2,sin(-t)),N); label("3",(cu,(sin(-t)-su)/2),E); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram[/asy]

Chords $AB$ and $CD$ in the circle above intersect at E and are perpendicular to each other. If segments $AE, EB$, and $ED$ have measures $2, 3$, and $6$ respectively, then the length of the diameter of the circle is

$\textbf{(A) }4\sqrt{5}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\sqrt{65}\qquad \textbf{(C) }2\sqrt{17}\qquad \textbf{(D) }3\sqrt{7}\qquad  \textbf{(E) }6\sqrt{2}$


Problem 33

The minimum value of the quotient of a (base ten) number of three different non-zero digits divided by the sum of its digits is

$\textbf{(A) }9.7\qquad \textbf{(B) }10.1\qquad \textbf{(C) }10.5\qquad \textbf{(D) }10.9\qquad  \textbf{(E) }20.5$


Problem 34

Three times Dick's age plus Tom's age equals twice Harry's age. Double the cube of Harry's age is equal to three times the cube of Dick's age added to the cube of Tom's age. Their respective ages are relatively prime to each other. The sum of the squares of their ages is

$\textbf{(A) }42\qquad \textbf{(B) }46\qquad \textbf{(C) }122\qquad \textbf{(D) }290\qquad  \textbf{(E) }326$


Problem 35

[asy] draw(unitsquare);draw((0,0)--(.25,sqrt(3)/4)--(.5,0)); label("Z",(0,1),NW);label("Y",(1,1),NE);label("A",(0,0),SW);label("X",(1,0),SE);label("B",(.5,0),S);label("P",(.25,sqrt(3)/4),N); //Credit to Zimbalono for the diagram [/asy]

Equilateral triangle $ABP$ (see figure) with side $AB$ of length $2$ inches is placed inside square $AXYZ$ with side of length $4$ inches so that $B$ is on side $AX$. The triangle is rotated clockwise about $B$, then $P$, and so on along the sides of the square until $P$ returns to its original position. The length of the path in inches traversed by vertex $P$ is equal to

$\textbf{(A) }20\pi/3\qquad \textbf{(B) }32\pi/3\qquad \textbf{(C) }12\pi\qquad \textbf{(D) }40\pi/3\qquad  \textbf{(E) }15\pi$


See also

1972 AHSC (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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