# 2003 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 8

## Problem

$\textbf{Bake Sale}$

Four friends, Art, Roger, Paul and Trisha, bake cookies, and all cookies have the same thickness. The shapes of the cookies differ, as shown.

$\circ$ Art's cookies are trapezoids. $[asy] size(80);defaultpen(linewidth(0.8));defaultpen(fontsize(8)); draw(origin--(5,0)--(5,3)--(2,3)--cycle); draw(rightanglemark((5,3), (5,0), origin)); label("5 in", (2.5,0), S); label("3 in", (5,1.5), E); label("3 in", (3.5,3), N); [/asy]$

$\circ$ Roger's cookies are rectangles. $[asy] size(80);defaultpen(linewidth(0.8));defaultpen(fontsize(8)); draw(origin--(4,0)--(4,2)--(0,2)--cycle); draw(rightanglemark((4,2), (4,0), origin)); draw(rightanglemark((0,2), origin, (4,0))); label("4 in", (2,0), S); label("2 in", (4,1), E); [/asy]$

$\circ$ Paul's cookies are parallelograms. $[asy] size(80);defaultpen(linewidth(0.8));defaultpen(fontsize(8)); draw(origin--(3,0)--(2.5,2)--(-0.5,2)--cycle); draw((2.5,2)--(2.5,0), dashed); draw(rightanglemark((2.5,2),(2.5,0), origin)); label("3 in", (1.5,0), S); label("2 in", (2.5,1), W); [/asy]$

$\circ$ Trisha's cookies are triangles. $[asy] size(80);defaultpen(linewidth(0.8));defaultpen(fontsize(8)); draw(origin--(3,0)--(3,4)--cycle); draw(rightanglemark((3,4),(3,0), origin)); label("3 in", (1.5,0), S); label("4 in", (3,2), E); [/asy]$

Each friend uses the same amount of dough, and Art makes exactly 12 cookies. Who gets the fewest cookies from one batch of cookie dough?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \text{Art}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \text{Roger}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \text{Paul}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \text{Trisha}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \text{There is a tie for fewest.}$

## Solution

$\boxed{\textbf{(A)}\ \text{Art}}$ is the right answer because out of all the cookies, Art's had an area of $12 \text{ in}^2$, which was the greatest area out of all the cookies' areas. Roger's cookie had an area of $8 \text{ in} ^2$, and both Paul and Trisha's cookies had an area of $6 \text{ in}^2$. This means Art makes less cookies, since his cookie area is the greatest. The answer is not that there is a tie between Paul and Trisha because they can make the most cookies with a given amount of cookie dough, not the least.