1994 AHSME Problems/Problem 17
Problem
An by rectangle has the same center as a circle of radius . The area of the region common to both the rectangle and the circle is
Solution
We draw the diagram above. Dropping an altitude from the center of the circle to the top side of the rectangle, yields a segment of length . Since the hypotenuse is the radius of the circle, it has length 2 and by Pythagoras the other leg of the triangle also has length . We deduce that the two triangles formed by two radii of circle and the segment of the rectangle are 45-45-90 triangles.
The overlapping area consists of two sectors with central angle 90 and four 45-45-90 triangles with base and height . The area of the circle is so the area of the sectors is . The area of the triangles is . The combined area is
--Solution by TheMaskedMagician
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