2004 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 21


Two distinct lines pass through the center of three concentric circles of radii 3, 2, and 1. The area of the shaded region in the diagram is $\frac{8}{13}$ of the area of the unshaded region. What is the radian measure of the acute angle formed by the two lines? (Note: $\pi$ radians is $180$ degrees.)

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$\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{\pi}{8} \qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{\pi}{7} \qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{\pi}{6} \qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{\pi}{5} \qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{\pi}{4}$

Solution 1

Let the area of the shaded region be $S$, the area of the unshaded region be $U$, and the acute angle that is formed by the two lines be $\theta$. We can set up two equations between $S$ and $U$:



Thus $\dfrac{21}{13}U=9\pi$, and $U=\dfrac{39\pi}{7}$, and thus $S=\dfrac{8}{13}\cdot \dfrac{39\pi}{7}=\dfrac{24\pi}{7}$.

Now we can make a formula for the area of the shaded region in terms of $\theta$:

$\dfrac{2\theta}{2\pi} \cdot \pi +\dfrac{2(\pi-\theta)}{2\pi} \cdot (4\pi-\pi)+\dfrac{2\theta}{2\pi}(9\pi-4\pi)=\theta +3\pi-3\theta+5\theta=3\theta+3\pi=\dfrac{24\pi}{7}$

Thus $3\theta=\dfrac{3\pi}{7}\Rightarrow \theta=\dfrac{\pi}{7}\Rightarrow\boxed{\mathrm{(B)}\ \frac{\pi}{7}}$

Solution 2

As mentioned in Solution #1, we can make an equation for the area of the shaded region in terms of $\theta$.

$\implies\dfrac{2\theta}{2\pi} \cdot \pi +\dfrac{2(\pi-\theta)}{2\pi} \cdot (4\pi-\pi)+\dfrac{2\theta}{2\pi}(9\pi-4\pi)=\theta +3\pi-3\theta+5\theta=3\theta+3\pi$.

So, the shaded region is $3\theta+3\pi$. This means that the unshaded region is $9\pi-(3\theta+3\pi)$.

Also, the shaded region is $\frac{8}{13}$ of the unshaded region. Hence, we can now make an equation and solve for theta!

$3\theta+3\pi=\frac{8}{13}(9\pi-(3\theta+3\pi)\implies 39\theta+39\pi=8(6\pi-3\theta)\implies 39\theta+39\pi=48\pi-24\theta$.

Simplifying, we get $63\theta=9\pi\implies \theta=\boxed{\mathrm{(B)}\ \frac{\pi}{7}}$

See also

2004 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 20
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Problem 22
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