2011 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 24
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Problem
Let . What is the minimum perimeter among all the -sided polygons in the complex plane whose vertices are precisely the zeros of ?
Solution
Answer: (B)
First of all, we need to find all such that
So
or
Now we have a solution at if we look at them in polar coordinate, further more, the 8-gon is symmetric (it is an equilateral octagon) . So we only need to find the side length of one and multiply by .
So answer distance from to
Side length
Hence, answer is .
Solution 2
Use the law of cosines. We make the distance. Now, since the angle does not change the distance from the origin, we can just use the distance. , which simplifies to , or , or . Multiply the answer by 8 to get
See also
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