# Difference between revisions of "1960 AHSME Problems/Problem 13"

## Problem

The polygon(s) formed by $y=3x+2, y=-3x+2$, and $y=-2$, is (are): $\textbf{(A) }\text{An equilateral triangle}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\text{an isosceles triangle} \qquad\textbf{(C) }\text{a right triangle} \qquad \\ \textbf{(D) }\text{a triangle and a trapezoid}\qquad\textbf{(E) }\text{a quadrilateral}$

## Solution $[asy]import graph; size(10.22 cm); real lsf=0.5; pen dps=linewidth(0.7)+fontsize(10); defaultpen(dps); pen ds=black; real xmin=-4.2,xmax=4.2,ymin=-4.2,ymax=4.2; pen cqcqcq=rgb(0.75,0.75,0.75), evevff=rgb(0.9,0.9,1), zzttqq=rgb(0.6,0.2,0); /*grid*/ pen gs=linewidth(0.7)+cqcqcq+linetype("2 2"); real gx=1,gy=1; for(real i=ceil(xmin/gx)*gx;i<=floor(xmax/gx)*gx;i+=gx) draw((i,ymin)--(i,ymax),gs); for(real i=ceil(ymin/gy)*gy;i<=floor(ymax/gy)*gy;i+=gy) draw((xmin,i)--(xmax,i),gs); Label laxis; laxis.p=fontsize(10); xaxis(xmin,xmax,defaultpen+black,Ticks(laxis,Step=1.0,Size=2,NoZero),Arrows(6),above=true); yaxis(ymin,ymax,defaultpen+black,Ticks(laxis,Step=1.0,Size=2,NoZero),Arrows(6),above=true); clip((xmin,ymin)--(xmin,ymax)--(xmax,ymax)--(xmax,ymin)--cycle); dot((0,2),ds); dot((1.333,-2),ds); dot((-1.333,-2),ds); draw((0,2)--(1.333,-2)--(-1.333,-2)--(0,2)); [/asy]$

The points of intersection of two of the lines are $(0,2)$ and $(\pm \frac{4}{3} , -2)$, so use the Distance Formula to find the sidelengths.

Two of the side lengths are $\sqrt{(\frac{4}{3})^2+4^2} = \frac{4 \sqrt{10}}{3}$ while one of the side lengths is $4$. That makes the triangle isosceles, so the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(B)}}$.

## See Also

 1960 AHSC (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 12 Followed byProblem 14 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35 • 36 • 37 • 38 • 39 • 40 All AHSME Problems and Solutions
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