1989 AJHSME Problems/Problem 11

Problem

Which of the five "T-like shapes" would be symmetric to the one shown with respect to the dashed line?

$[asy] unitsize(48); for (int a=0; a<3; ++a) { fill((2a+1,1)--(2a+.8,1)--(2a+.8,.8)--(2a+1,.8)--cycle,black); } draw((.8,1)--(0,1)--(0,0)--(1,0)--(1,.8)); draw((2.8,1)--(2,1)--(2,0)--(3,0)--(3,.8)); draw((4.8,1)--(4,1)--(4,0)--(5,0)--(5,.8)); draw((.2,.4)--(.6,.8),linewidth(1)); draw((.4,.6)--(.8,.2),linewidth(1)); draw((2.4,.8)--(2.8,.4),linewidth(1)); draw((2.6,.6)--(2.2,.2),linewidth(1)); draw((4.4,.2)--(4.8,.6),linewidth(1)); draw((4.6,.4)--(4.2,.8),linewidth(1)); draw((7,.2)--(7,1)--(6,1)--(6,0)--(6.8,0)); fill((6.8,0)--(7,0)--(7,.2)--(6.8,.2)--cycle,black); draw((6.2,.6)--(6.6,.2),linewidth(1)); draw((6.4,.4)--(6.8,.8),linewidth(1)); draw((8,.8)--(8,0)--(9,0)--(9,1)--(8.2,1)); fill((8,1)--(8,.8)--(8.2,.8)--(8.2,1)--cycle,black); draw((8.4,.8)--(8.8,.8),linewidth(1)); draw((8.6,.8)--(8.6,.2),linewidth(1)); draw((6,1.2)--(6,1.4)); draw((6,1.6)--(6,1.8)); draw((6,2)--(6,2.2)); draw((6,2.4)--(6,2.6)); draw((6.4,2.2)--(6.4,1.4)--(7.4,1.4)--(7.4,2.4)--(6.6,2.4)); fill((6.4,2.4)--(6.4,2.2)--(6.6,2.2)--(6.6,2.4)--cycle,black); draw((6.6,1.8)--(7,2.2),linewidth(1)); draw((6.8,2)--(7.2,1.6),linewidth(1)); label("(A)",(0,1),W); label("(B)",(2,1),W); label("(C)",(4,1),W); label("(D)",(6,1),W); label("(E)",(8,1),W); [/asy]$

Solution

Drawing the reflection, we see that it is $\boxed{\text{B}}$. Imagine it as if it were a mirror reflection or if you were to flip it over the dashed line.