2001 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 8

Problem

To promote her school's annual Kite Olympics, Genevieve makes a small kite and a large kite for a bulletin board display. The kites look like the one in the diagram. For her small kite Genevieve draws the kite on a one-inch grid. For the large kite she triples both the height and width of the entire grid.

[asy] for (int a = 0; a < 7; ++a) { for (int b = 0; b < 8; ++b) { dot((a,b)); } }  draw((3,0)--(0,5)--(3,7)--(6,5)--cycle); [/asy]

Genevieve puts bracing on her large kite in the form of a cross connecting opposite corners of the kite. How many inches of bracing material does she need?

$\text{(A)}\ 30 \qquad \text{(B)}\ 32 \qquad \text{(C)}\ 35 \qquad \text{(D)}\ 38 \qquad \text{(E)}\ 39$

Solution

Each diagonal of the large kite is $3$ times the length of the corresponding diagonal of the short kite since it was made with a grid $3$ times as long in each direction. The diagonals of the small kite are $6$ and $7$, so the diagonals of the large kite are $18$ and $21$, and the amount of bracing Genevieve needs is the sum of these lengths, which is $39, \boxed{\text{E}}$

See Also

2001 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 7
Followed by
Problem 9
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