# Difference between revisions of "1980 AHSME Problems/Problem 9"

## Problem

A man walks $x$ miles due west, turns $150^\circ$ to his left and walks 3 miles in the new direction. If he finishes a a point $\sqrt{3}$ from his starting point, then $x$ is

$\text{(A)} \ \sqrt 3 \qquad \text{(B)} \ 2\sqrt{5} \qquad \text{(C)} \ \frac 32 \qquad \text{(D)} \ 3 \qquad \text{(E)} \ \text{not uniquely determined}$

## Solution

Let us think about this. We only know that he ends up $\sqrt{3}$ away from the origin. However, think about the locus of points $\sqrt{3}$ away from the origin, a circle. However, his path could end on any part of the circle below the $x-$axis, so therefore, the answer is $\fbox{E: not uniquely determined}.$

(Note: Another way to do this is using law of cosines, which yields two solutions for x.)