# 2002 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 15

## Problem

Which of the following polygons has the largest area? $[asy] size(330); int i,j,k; for(i=0;i<5; i=i+1) { for(j=0;j<5;j=j+1) { for(k=0;k<5;k=k+1) { dot((6i+j, k)); }}} draw((0,0)--(4,0)--(3,1)--(3,3)--(2,3)--(2,1)--(1,1)--cycle); draw(shift(6,0)*((0,0)--(4,0)--(4,1)--(3,1)--(3,2)--(2,1)--(1,1)--(0,2)--cycle)); draw(shift(12,0)*((0,1)--(1,0)--(3,2)--(3,3)--(1,1)--(1,3)--(0,4)--cycle)); draw(shift(18,0)*((0,1)--(2,1)--(3,0)--(3,3)--(2,2)--(1,3)--(1,2)--(0,2)--cycle)); draw(shift(24,0)*((1,0)--(2,1)--(2,3)--(3,2)--(3,4)--(0,4)--(1,3)--cycle)); label("A", (0*6+2, 0), S); label("B", (1*6+2, 0), S); label("C", (2*6+2, 0), S); label("D", (3*6+2, 0), S); label("E", (4*6+2, 0), S);[/asy]$ $\textbf{(A)}\text{A}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \text{B}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \text{C}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \text{D}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \text{E}$

## Solution

Each polygon can be partitioned into unit squares and right triangles with sidelength $1$. Count the number of boxes enclosed by each polygon, with the unit square being $1$, and the triangle being being $.5$. A has 5, B has 5, C has 5, D has 4.5, and E has 5.5. Therefore, the polygon with the largest area is $\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ \text{E}}$.

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