2022 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 22
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Problem
Let be a real number, and let and be the two complex numbers satisfying the equation . Points , , , and are the vertices of (convex) quadrilateral in the complex plane. When the area of obtains its maximum possible value, is closest to which of the following?
Solution 1
Because is real, . We have where the first equality follows from Vieta's formula.
Thus, .
We have where the first equality follows from Vieta's formula.
Thus, .
We have where the second equality follows from Vieta's formula.
We have where the second equality follows from Vieta's formula.
Therefore, where the inequality follows from the AM-GM inequality, and it is augmented to an equality if and only if . Thus, .
~Steven Chen (Professor Chen Education Palace, www.professorchenedu.com)
Solution 2
Because , notice that . Furthermore, note that because is real, . Thus, . Similarly, . On the complex coordinate plane, let , ,, . Notice how is similar to . Thus, the area of is for some constant , and (In progress)
Solution 3 (Trapezoid)
Since , which is the sum of roots and , is real, .
Let . Then . Note that the product of the roots is by Vieta's, so .
Thus, . With the same process, .
So, our four points are and . WLOG let be in the first quadrant and graph these four points on the complex plane. Notice how quadrilateral Q is a trapezoid with the real axis as its axis of symmetry. It has a short base with endpoints and , so its length is . Likewise, its long base has endpoints and , so its length is .
The height, which is the distance between the two lines, is the difference between the real values of the two bases .
Plugging these into the area formula for a trapezoid, we are trying to maximize . Thus, the only thing we need to maximize is .
With the restriction that , is maximized when .
Remember, is the sum of the roots, so
~quacker88
Solution 4 (Fast)
Like the solutions above we can know that and .
Let where , then , , .
On the basis of symmetry, the area of is the difference between two isoceles triangles,so
. The inequality holds when , or .
Thus, .
~PluginL
Video Solution by Punxsutawney Phil
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Video Solution by Steven Chen
~Steven Chen (Professor Chen Education Palace, www.professorchenedu.com)
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