2022 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 25
Four regular hexagons surround a square with side length 1, each one sharing an edge with the square, as shown in the figure below. The area of the resulting 12-sided outer nonconvex polygon can be written as , where , , and are integers and is not divisible by the square of any prime. What is ?
Solution 1 (Coord bash)
Refer to the diagram above.
Let the origin be at the center of the square, be the intersection of the top and right hexagons, be the intersection of the top and left hexagons, and and be the top points in the diagram.
By symmetry, lies on the line . The equation of line is (due to it being one of the sides of the top hexagon). Thus, we can solve for the coordinates of by finding the intersection of the two lines:
This means that we can find the length , which is equal to . We will next find the area of trapezoid . The lengths of the bases are and , and the height is equal to the -coordinate of minus the -coordinate of . The height of the hexagon is and the bottom of the hexagon lies on the line . Thus, the -coordinate of is , and the height is . We can now find the area of the trapezoid:
The total area of the figure is the area of a square with side length plus four times the area of this trapezoid:
Our answer is .
Begin by dividing the figure as shown above. Clearly, the entire figure has 8-fold symmetry. Therefore, we can calculate the area of and multiply it by 8. We split into .
Knowing the side length of the hexagon is , we can use 30-60-90 triangles within the hexagon to find the total distance between opposite edges is Thus, and Recognizing and is a trapezoid,
Next, we aim to find . By angle chasing, we find and We can use the law of sines to find :
We may not know what is by memory, but we can cleverly calculate it using a common trig identity:
With some simplification, we'll find . Now, we can easily calculate as
Thus, the area of the dodecagon is
Finally, we find
We calculate the area as the area of the red octagon minus the four purple congruent triangles: We first find the important angles in the figure. We note that 2 adjacent hexagons are rotated with respect to the other, so the angles between any sides is . In particular, as the purple triangles are isosceles, they have angles , and , and the octagon is equiangular (all its angles are ). Thus, we can draw a square around the octagon, and we note that the ``cut out" triangles are all isosceles right triangles.
Now, we calculate the side length of the square. Note that the hexagon has a height of , so the length of a side of the square is . In particular, the horizontal/vertical sides of the octagon have length , so the legs of the isosceles triangles are Thus, the area of the octagon is Now, we calculate the area of one of the four isosceles triangles. The base of the triangle is , so the area is Thus, the area of the dodecagon is Thus the answer is , or .
Solution 4: No Trig, No Coordbash
Note that each of the green sections is a rectangle, so its interior angles are all Since , every one of the orange sections is a right triangle.
Define to be the distance from the corner of the square with side length to the corner of the larger blue square. Due to the sides of the two squares being parallel to each other, the large blue triangle is a right triangle. By similarity, the smaller blue triangles are also and have side lengths of and . By triangle relations, the largest altitude of the orange triangle is
Now, we can find the height of the hexagon to obtain an equation in terms of . Consider a hexagon with side length , where point is the foot of the perpendicular dropped from , bisecting : Note that triangles and are congruent triangles, by SAS congruence. Since the side length of this hexagon is , the length of is , by triangle relations. The height of the hexagon is twice this value, or
The height is also equal to the sum of the values along the long blue line, in the first diagram. Therefore, Solving and rationalizing,
The area of the dodecagon is equal to the sum of the areas of the four rectangles, eight orange triangles, and purple square. In terms of , this is
Plugging in , the area of the dodecagon is . Therefore, the answer is
-Benedict T (countmath1)
~Steven Chen (Professor Chen Education Palace, www.professorchenedu.com)
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