2002 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 7
- The following problem is from both the 2002 AMC 12A #7 and 2002 AMC 10A #7, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
A arc of circle A is equal in length to a arc of circle B. What is the ratio of circle A's area and circle B's area?
Solutions
Solution 1
Let and be the radii of circles and, respectively.
It is well known that in a circle with radius , a subtended arc opposite an angle of degrees has length .
Using that here, the arc of circle A has length . The arc of circle B has length . We know that they are equal, so , so we multiply through and simplify to get . As all circles are similar to one another, the ratio of the areas is just the square of the ratios of the radii, so our answer is .
Solution 2
The arc of circle is that of circle .
The circumference of circle is that of circle ( is the larger circle).
The radius of circle is that of circle .
The area of circle is that of circle .
Solution 3
We can use a very cheap way to find the answer based on the choices. Firstly, if a higher angle measure equals a lower angle measure, that means that the ratio of areas must be lower, cutting D and E. Then we realize that the ratio has to be with square numbers, as there are no square roots. Therefore, it is
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See Also
2002 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 6 |
Followed by Problem 8 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
2002 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 6 |
Followed by Problem 8 | |
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 | ||
All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
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