1992 AHSME Problems/Problem 20
Problem
Part of an "n-pointed regular star" is shown. It is a simple closed polygon in which all edges are congruent, angles are congruent, and angles are congruent. If the acute angle at is less than the acute angle at , then
Solution
If we sum up the angles to obtain 360, we can see that the B angles add to the sum and the A angles subtract from the sum (an easy way of looking at this is by using the opposing angle theorem: if A[n] = B[n] than their total contribution is 0). Thus we have B[1] + B[2] + ... + B[n] - A[1] - A[2] - ... A[n] = 360. But every pair of A,B has a total 'angle contribution' of 10, thus there are 36 pairs of A,B.
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