2003 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 15

The following problem is from both the 2003 AMC 12A #15 and 2003 AMC 10A #19, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

A semicircle of diameter $1$ sits at the top of a semicircle of diameter $2$, as shown. The shaded area inside the smaller semicircle and outside the larger semicircle is called a lune. Determine the area of this lune.

[asy] import graph; size(150); defaultpen(fontsize(8)); pair A=(-2,0), B=(2,0); filldraw(Arc((0,sqrt(3)),1,0,180)--cycle,mediumgray); filldraw(Arc((0,0),2,0,180)--cycle,white); draw(2*expi(2*pi/6)--2*expi(4*pi/6));  label("1",(0,sqrt(3)),(0,-1)); label("2",(0,0),(0,-1)); [/asy]

$\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{1}{6}\pi-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}-\frac{1}{12}\pi\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}-\frac{1}{24}\pi\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}+\frac{1}{24}\pi\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}+\frac{1}{12}\pi$

Solution

[asy] import graph; size(150); defaultpen(fontsize(8)); pair A=(-2,0), B=(2,0); filldraw(Arc((0,sqrt(3)),1,0,180)--cycle,mediumgray); fill(Arc((0,0),2,0,180)--cycle,white); draw(Arc((0,0),2,0,180)--cycle); draw((0,0)--2*expi(2*pi/6)--2*expi(2*pi/6*2)--(0,0));  label("A",(0,2),(0,4)); label("B",(0,2),(0,-1)); label("C",(0,sqrt(3)/2),(0,2)); label("1",(-0.5,sqrt(3)/2),(-1,0)); label("1",(0.5,sqrt(3)/2),(1,0)); [/asy]


The shaded area $[A]$ is equal to the area of the smaller semicircle $[A+B]$ minus the area of a sector of the larger circle $[B+C]$ plus the area of a triangle formed by two radii of the larger semicircle and the diameter of the smaller semicircle $[C]$.

The area of the smaller semicircle is $[A+B] = \frac{1}{2}\pi\cdot\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{2}=\frac{1}{8}\pi$.

Since the radius of the larger semicircle is equal to the diameter of the smaller semicircle, the triangle is an equilateral triangle and the sector measures $60^\circ$.

The area of the $60^\circ$ sector of the larger semicircle is $[B+C] = \frac{60}{360}\pi\cdot\left(\frac{2}{2}\right)^{2}=\frac{1}{6}\pi$.

The area of the triangle is $[C] = \frac{1^{2}\sqrt{3}}{4}=\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$.

So the shaded area is $[A] = [A+B]-[B+C]+[C] = \left(\frac{1}{8}\pi\right)-\left(\frac{1}{6}\pi\right)+\left(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}\right)=\boxed{\mathrm{(C)}\ \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}-\frac{1}{24}\pi}$. We have thus solved the problem.

See Also

2003 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 18
Followed by
Problem 20
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
2003 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 14
Followed by
Problem 16
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 12 Problems and Solutions

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