# 2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 8

## Problem

Points $P$ and $Q$ lie in a plane with $PQ=8$. How many locations for point $R$ in this plane are there such that the triangle with vertices $P$, $Q$, and $R$ is a right triangle with area $12$ square units? $\textbf{(A)}\ 2 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 4 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 6 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 8 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 12$

## Solution 1 (Geometry)

Let the brackets denote areas. We are given that $$[PQR]=\frac12\cdot PQ\cdot h_R=12.$$ Since $PQ=8,$ it follows that $h_R=3.$

We construct a circle with diameter $\overline{PQ}.$ All such locations for $R$ are shown below: [asy] /* Made by MRENTHUSIASM */ size(250); pair O, P, Q, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, I1, I2; O = (0,0); P = (-4,0); Q = (4,0); R1 = (-4,3); R4 = (4,3); R5 = (-4,-3); R8 = (4,-3); path C; C = Circle(O,4); R3 = intersectionpoints(C,R1--R4); R2 = intersectionpoints(C,R1--R4); R6 = intersectionpoints(C,R5--R8); R7 = intersectionpoints(C,R5--R8); I1 = intersectionpoint(R2--R6,P--Q); I2 = intersectionpoint(R3--R7,P--Q); markscalefactor=0.0375; draw(rightanglemark(R1,P,Q)^^rightanglemark(R2,I1,Q)^^rightanglemark(R3,I2,P)^^rightanglemark(R4,Q,P),red); draw(Circle(O,4),dashed); draw(R1--R5^^R4--R8^^R2--R6^^R3--R7^^P--Q); dot(O,linewidth(4)); dot("P",P,1.5W,linewidth(4)); dot("Q",Q,1.5E,linewidth(4)); dot("R_1",R1,1.5NW,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_4",R4,1.5NE,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_5",R5,1.5SW,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_8",R8,1.5SE,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_2",R2,1.5NW,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_3",R3,1.5NE,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_6",R6,1.5SW,blue+linewidth(4)); dot("R_7",R7,1.5SE,blue+linewidth(4)); dot(I1,linewidth(4)); dot(I2,linewidth(4)); Label L1 = Label("8", align=(0,0), position=MidPoint, filltype=Fill(3,0,white)); Label L2 = Label("3", align=(0,0), position=MidPoint, filltype=Fill(0,3,white)); draw(P-(0,5)--Q-(0,5), L=L1, arrow=Arrows(),bar=Bars(15)); draw(R4+(2,0)--Q+(2,0), L=L2, arrow=Arrows(),bar=Bars(15)); draw(Q+(2,0)--R8+(2,0), L=L2, arrow=Arrows(),bar=Bars(15)); [/asy]

We apply casework to the right angle of $\triangle PQR:$

1. If $\angle P=90^\circ,$ then $R\in\{R_1,R_5\}$ by the tangent.
2. If $\angle Q=90^\circ,$ then $R\in\{R_4,R_8\}$ by the tangent.
3. If $\angle R=90^\circ,$ then $R\in\{R_2,R_3,R_6,R_7\}$ by the Inscribed Angle Theorem.

Together, there are $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 8}$ such locations for $R.$

Remarks

1. The reflections of $R_1,R_2,R_3,R_4$ about $\overleftrightarrow{PQ}$ are $R_5,R_6,R_7,R_8,$ respectively.
2. The reflections of $R_1,R_2,R_5,R_6$ about the perpendicular bisector of $\overline{PQ}$ are $R_4,R_3,R_8,R_7,$ respectively.

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## Solution 2 (Algebra)

Let the brackets denote areas. We are given that $$[PQR]=\frac12\cdot PQ\cdot h_R=12.$$ Since $PQ=8,$ it follows that $h_R=3.$

Without the loss of generality, let $P=(-4,0)$ and $Q=(4,0).$ We conclude that the $y$-coordinate of $R$ must be $\pm3.$

We apply casework to the right angle of $\triangle PQR:$

1. $\angle P=90^\circ.$

The $x$-coordinate of $R$ must be $-4,$ so we have $R=(-4,\pm3).$

In this case, there are $\boldsymbol{2}$ such locations for $\boldsymbol{R.}$

2. $\angle Q=90^\circ.$

The $x$-coordinate of $R$ must be $4,$ so we have $R=(4,\pm3).$

In this case, there are $\boldsymbol{2}$ such locations for $\boldsymbol{R.}$

3. $\angle R=90^\circ.$

For $R=(x,3),$ the Pythagorean Theorem $PR^2+QR^2=PQ^2$ gives $$\left[(x+4)^2+3^2\right]+\left[(x-4)^2+3^2\right]=8^2.$$ Solving this equation, we have $x=\pm\sqrt7,$ or $R=\left(\pm\sqrt7,3\right).$

For $R=(x,-3),$ we have $R=\left(\pm\sqrt7,-3\right)$ by a similar process.

In this case, there are $\boldsymbol{4}$ such locations for $\boldsymbol{R.}$

Together, there are $2+2+4=\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 8}$ such locations for $R.$

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