# 1960 AHSME Problems/Problem 6

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

## Problem

The circumference of a circle is $100$ inches. The side of a square inscribed in this circle, expressed in inches, is: $\textbf{(A) }\frac{25\sqrt{2}}{\pi}\qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{50\sqrt{2}}{\pi}\qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac{100}{\pi}\qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{100\sqrt{2}}{\pi}\qquad \textbf{(E) }50\sqrt{2}$

## Solution

First, find the diameter of the circle. Plug in the circumference for the formula $C = \pi d$ to solve for $d$. $$100 = \pi d$$ $$d = \frac{100}{\pi}$$ Since all of an inscribed square's vertices touch the circle, and one of the angles of the circle is $90^{\circ}$, the square's diagonal is the diameter of the circle. $[asy] draw(circle((0,0),50)); draw((-50,0)--(0,50)--(50,0)--(0,-50)--cycle); draw((-50,0)--(50,0)); draw((-3,47)--(0,44)--(3,47)); label("\frac{100}{\pi}",(0,-10)); [/asy]$

From the Pythagorean theorem (or 45-45-90 triangles), the side length is $\frac{50\sqrt{2}}{\pi}$ inches, which is answer choice $\boxed{\textbf{(B)}}$ .

## See Also

 1960 AHSC (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 5 Followed byProblem 7 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
Invalid username
Login to AoPS