2016 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 9
Problem 9
The five small shaded squares inside this unit square are congruent and have disjoint interiors. The midpoint of each side of the middle square coincides with one of the vertices of the other four small squares as shown. The common side length is , where and are positive integers. What is ?
Solution
Let be the side length of the small squares.
The diagonal of the big square can be written in two ways: and .
Solving for , we get , so our answer is
Solution 2
The diagonal of the small square can be written in two ways: and Equating and simplifying gives . Hence our answer is
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/4_x1sgcQCp4?t=4036
~ pi_is_3.14
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