2016 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 15
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Problem
Circles with centers and , having radii and , respectively, lie on the same side of line and are tangent to at and , respectively, with between and . The circle with center is externally tangent to each of the other two circles. What is the area of triangle ?
Solution 1
Notice that we can find in two different ways: and , so
. Additionally, . Therefore, . Similarly, . We can calculate easily because . .
Plugging into first equation, the two sums of areas, .
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Solution 2
Use the Shoelace Theorem.
Let the center of the first circle of radius 1 be at .
Draw the trapezoid and using the Pythagorean Theorem, we get that so the center of the second circle of radius 2 is at .
Draw the trapezoid and using the Pythagorean Theorem, we get that so the center of the third circle of radius 3 is at .
Now, we may use the Shoelace Theorem!
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Solution 3
and because they are the sum of two radii. and , the difference of the radii. Using pythagorean theorem, we find that and are and , .
Draw a perpendicular from to line , then we can use the Pythagorean theorem to find . . We get
To make our calculations easier, let . The semi-perimeter of our triangle is . Symbolize the area of the triangle with . Using Heron's formula, we have We can remove the outer root of a.
We solve the nested root. We want to turn into the square of something. If we have , then we get Solving the system of equations, we get and . Alternatively, you can square all the possible solutions until you find one that is equal to . ~ZericH
Solution 4
The above diagram can be achieved relatively simply using basic knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem and the fact that the radius from the center to the point of tangency is perpendicular to the tangent line. From there, observe that can be calculated in two ways: and . Solving, we get:
- ColtsFan10, diagram partially borrowed from Solution 1
Solution 5 (Heron’s)
We can use the Pythagorean theorem to find that the lengths are . If we apply Heron’s, we know that it must be the sum (or difference) of two or more square roots, by instinct. This means that is the answer.
Solution 6 (Educated Guess)
Like Solution 1, we can use the Pythagorean theorem to find and , which are and respectively. Since the only answer choice that has and is , we can make an educated guess that is the answer.
Video Solutions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWurLJqf02Y ~by Punxsutawney Phil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UanfIBpDTh8&ab_channel=ArtofProblemSolving ~Art of Problem Solving
See Also
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Followed by Problem 16 |
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