# 1989 AHSME Problems/Problem 13

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## Problem

Two strips of width 1 overlap at an angle of $\alpha$ as shown. The area of the overlap (shown shaded) is $[asy] pair a = (0,0),b= (6,0),c=(0,1),d=(6,1); transform t = rotate(-45,(3,.5)); pair e = t*a,f=t*b,g=t*c,h=t*d; pair i = intersectionpoint(a--b,e--f),j=intersectionpoint(a--b,g--h),k=intersectionpoint(c--d,e--f),l=intersectionpoint(c--d,g--h); draw(a--b^^c--d^^e--f^^g--h); filldraw(i--j--l--k--cycle,blue); label("\alpha",i+(-.5,.2)); //commented out labeling because it doesn't look right. //path lbl1 = (a+(.5,.2))--(c+(.5,-.2)); //draw(lbl1); //label("1",lbl1);[/asy]$ $\textrm{(A)}\ \sin\alpha\qquad\textrm{(B)}\ \frac{1}{\sin\alpha}\qquad\textrm{(C)}\ \frac{1}{1-\cos\alpha}\qquad\textrm{(D)}\ \frac{1}{\sin^{2}\alpha}\qquad\textrm{(E)}\ \frac{1}{(1-\cos\alpha)^{2}}$

## Solution $[asy] pair a = (0,0),b= (6,0),c=(0,1),d=(6,1); transform t = rotate(-45,(3,.5)); pair e = t*a,f=t*b,g=t*c,h=t*d; pair i = intersectionpoint(a--b,e--f),j=intersectionpoint(a--b,g--h),k=intersectionpoint(c--d,e--f),l=intersectionpoint(c--d,g--h); draw(a--b^^c--d^^e--f^^g--h); filldraw(i--j--l--k--cycle,blue); label("\alpha",i+(-.4,.15),fontsize(8)); label("\alpha",i+(.4,-.15),fontsize(8)); draw(j--t*j); draw(rightanglemark(j,t*j,i), linewidth(0.5)); path lbl1 = (a+(1.5,.05))--(c+(1.5,-.05)); draw(lbl1,Arrows); label("1",lbl1);[/asy]$

The rhombus has a base of length $\frac1{\sin\alpha}$ and height of $1$. Its area is the product.

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