1991 AHSME Problems/Problem 22

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Problem

[asy] draw(circle((0,0),10),black+linewidth(.75)); MP(")",(0,0),S); [/asy]


Two circles are externally tangent. Lines $\overline{PAB}$ and $\overline{PA'B'}$ are common tangents with $A$ and $A'$ on the smaller circle $B$ and $B'$ on the larger circle. If $PA=AB=4$, then the are of the smaller circle is

$\text{(A) } 1.44\pi\quad \text{(B) } 2\pi\quad \text{(C) } 2.56\pi\quad \text{(D) } \sqrt{8}\pi\quad \text{(E) } 4\pi$

Solution

$\fbox{B}$

See also

1991 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 21
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Problem 23
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