2021 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 7


In a plane, four circles with radii $1,3,5,$ and $7$ are tangent to line $\ell$ at the same point $A,$ but they may be on either side of $\ell$. Region $S$ consists of all the points that lie inside exactly one of the four circles. What is the maximum possible area of region $S$?

$\textbf{(A) }24\pi \qquad \textbf{(B) }32\pi \qquad \textbf{(C) }64\pi \qquad \textbf{(D) }65\pi \qquad \textbf{(E) }84\pi$


Suppose that line $\ell$ is horizontal, and each circle lies either north or south to $\ell.$ We construct the circles one by one:

  1. Without the loss of generality, we draw the circle with radius $7$ north to $\ell.$
  2. To maximize the area of region $S,$ we draw the circle with radius $5$ south to $\ell.$
  3. Now, we need to subtract the circle with radius $3$ at least. The optimal situation is that the circle with radius $3$ encompasses the circle with radius $1,$ in which we do not need to subtract more. That is, the two smallest circles are on the same side of $\ell,$ but can be on either side.

The diagram below shows one possible configuration of the four circles: [asy] /* diagram made by samrocksnature, edited by MRENTHUSIASM */ pair A=(10,0); pair B=(-10,0); draw(A--B); filldraw(circle((0,7),7),yellow); filldraw(circle((0,-5),5),yellow); filldraw(circle((0,-3),3),white); filldraw(circle((0,-1),1),white); dot((0,0)); label("$A$",(0,0),(0,1.5)); label("$\ell$",(10,0),(1.5,0)); [/asy] Together, the answer is $\pi\cdot7^2+\pi\cdot5^2-\pi\cdot3^2=\boxed{\textbf{(D) }65\pi}.$

~samrocksnature ~MRENTHUSIASM

Video Solution by OmegaLearn (Area of Circles and Logic)


~ pi_is_3.14

Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath



Video Solution by Interstigation



See Also

2021 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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