2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 17

Problem

In rectangle $PQRS$, $PQ=8$ and $QR=6$. Points $A$ and $B$ lie on $\overline{PQ}$, points $C$ and $D$ lie on $\overline{QR}$, points $E$ and $F$ lie on $\overline{RS}$, and points $G$ and $H$ lie on $\overline{SP}$ so that $AP=BQ<4$ and the convex octagon $ABCDEFGH$ is equilateral. The length of a side of this octagon can be expressed in the form $k+m\sqrt{n}$, where $k$, $m$, and $n$ are integers and $n$ is not divisible by the square of any prime. What is $k+m+n$?

$\textbf{(A) } 1 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 7 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 21 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 92 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 106$

Solution 1

Let $AP=BQ=x$. Then $AB=8-2x$.

Now notice that since $CD=8-2x$ we have $QC=DR=x-1$.

Thus by the Pythagorean Theorem we have $x^2+(x-1)^2=(8-2x)^2$ which becomes $2x^2-30x+63=0\implies x=\dfrac{15-3\sqrt{11}}{2}$.

Our answer is $8-(15-3\sqrt{11})=3\sqrt{11}-7\implies \boxed{\text{(B)}~7}$. (Mudkipswims42)

Solution 2

Denote the length of the equilateral octagon as $x$. The length of $\overline{BQ}$ can be expressed as $\frac{8-x}{2}$. By the Pythagorean Theorem, we find that: \[\left(\frac{8-x}{2}\right)^2+\overline{CQ}^2=x^2\implies \overline{CQ}=\sqrt{x^2-\left(\frac{8-x}{2}\right)^2}\] Since $\overline{CQ}=\overline{DR}$, we can say that $x+2\sqrt{x^2-\left(\frac{8-x}{2}\right)^2}=6\implies x=-7\pm3\sqrt{11}$. We can discard the negative solution, so $k+m+n=-7+3+11=\boxed{\textbf{(B) }7}$ ~ blitzkrieg21

Solution 3

Let the octagon's side length be $x$. Then $PH = \frac{6 - x}{2}$ and $PA = \frac{8 - x}{2}$. By the Pythagorean theorem, $PH^2 + PA^2 = HA^2$, so $\left(\frac{6 - x}{2} \right)^2 + \left(\frac{8 - x}{2} \right)^2 = x^2$. By expanding the left side and combining the like terms, we get $\frac{x^2}{2} - 7x + 25 = x^2 \implies -\frac{x^2}{2} - 7x + 25 = 0$. Solving this using the quadratic formula, $\frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$, we use $a = -\frac{1}{2}$, $b = -7$, and $c = 25$, to get one positive solution, $x=-7+3\sqrt{11}$, so $k+m+n=-7+3+11=\boxed{\textbf{(B) }7}$

See Also

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