2006 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 24

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Problem

Let $S$ be the set of all point $(x,y)$ in the coordinate plane such that $0 \le x \le \frac{\pi}{2}$ and $0 \le y \le \frac{\pi}{2}$. What is the area of the subset of $S$ for which \[\sin^2x-\sin x \sin y + \sin^2y \le \frac34?\]

$\mathrm{(A)}\ \dfrac{\pi^2}{9} \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ \dfrac{\pi^2}{8} \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ \dfrac{\pi^2}{6} \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ \dfrac{3\pi^2}{16} \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ \dfrac{2\pi^2}{9}$

Solution

We start out by solving the equality first. \begin{align*} \sin^2x - \sin x \sin y + \sin^2y &= \frac34 \\ \sin x &= \frac{\sin y \pm \sqrt{\sin^2 y - 4 ( \sin^2y - \frac34 ) }}{2} \\  &= \frac{\sin y \pm \sqrt{3 - 3 \sin^2 y }}{2} \\  &= \frac{\sin y \pm \sqrt{3 \cos^2 y }}{2} \\  &= \frac12 \sin y \pm \frac{\sqrt3}{2} \cos y \\ \sin x &= \sin (y \pm \frac{\pi}{3}) \end{align*} We end up with three lines that matter: $x = y + \frac\pi3$, $x = y - \frac\pi3$, and $x = \pi - (y + \frac\pi3) = \frac{2\pi}{3} - y$. We plot these lines below. [asy] size(5cm); D((0,0)--(3,0)--(3,3)--(0,3)--cycle); D((1,-0.1)--(1,0.1)); D((2,-0.1)--(2,0.1)); D((-0.1,1)--(0.1,1)); D((-0.1,2)--(0.1,2)); D((2,0)--(3,1)--(1,3)--(0,2)); MP("\frac{\pi}{6}", (1,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{3}", (2,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{2}", (3,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{6}", (0,1), plain.W); MP("\frac{\pi}{3}", (0,2), plain.W); MP("\frac{\pi}{2}", (0,3), plain.W); [/asy] Note that by testing the point $(\pi/6,\pi/6)$, we can see that we want the area of the pentagon. We can calculate that by calculating the area of the square and then subtracting the area of the 3 triangles. (Note we could also do this by adding the areas of the isosceles triangle in the bottom left corner and the rectangle with the previous triangle's hypotenuse as the longer side.) \begin{align*} A &= \left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right)^2 - 2 \cdot \frac12 \cdot \left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)^2 - \frac12 \cdot \left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)^2 \\ &= \pi^2 \left ( \frac14 - \frac1{36} - \frac1{18}\right ) \\ &= \pi^2 \left ( \frac{9-1-2}{36} \right ) = \boxed{\text{(C)}\ \frac{\pi^2}{6}} \end{align*}

Solution 2

We can write the given equation as \[\sin^3x + \sin^3y \le \frac{3}{4}(\sin x + \sin y).\] Note that when $x = 0$, we have $\sin y \le \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$ which implies $y \le \frac{\pi}{3}$. Similary we have $x \le \frac{\pi}{3}$ when $y = 0$. Then we see what happens at $x = \frac{\pi}{2}$. Clearly at $x = \frac{\pi}{2}$, we see that $y \le \frac{\pi}{6}$. By symmetry we have $x \le \frac{\pi}{6}$ when $y = \frac{\pi}{2}$. So we get a graph like [asy] size(5cm); D((0,0)--(3,0)--(3,3)--(0,3)--cycle); D((1,-0.1)--(1,0.1)); D((2,-0.1)--(2,0.1)); D((-0.1,1)--(0.1,1)); D((-0.1,2)--(0.1,2)); D((2,0)--(3,1)--(1,3)--(0,2)); MP("\frac{\pi}{6}", (1,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{3}", (2,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{2}", (3,0), plain.S); MP("\frac{\pi}{6}", (0,1), plain.W); MP("\frac{\pi}{3}", (0,2), plain.W); MP("\frac{\pi}{2}", (0,3), plain.W); [/asy] Thus the area of what we are interested in is \[\frac{\pi^2}{4} - (\frac{\pi^2}{18} + \frac{\pi^2}{36}) = \frac{\pi^2}{6}.\] ~coolmath_2018

See also

2006 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 25
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