# Difference between revisions of "1998 AHSME Problems/Problem 29"

## Problem

A point $(x,y)$ in the plane is called a lattice point if both $x$ and $y$ are integers. The area of the largest square that contains exactly three lattice points in its interior is closest to

$\mathrm{(A) \ } 4.0 \qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 4.2 \qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 4.5 \qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 5.0 \qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 5.6$

## Solution

$[asy] real e = 0.1; dot((0,-1)); dot((1,-1)); dot((-1,0)); dot((0,0)); dot((1,0)); dot((2,0)); dot((-1,1)); dot((0,1)); dot((1,1)); dot((0,2)); dot((-1,-1)); dot((2,2)); dot((1,2)); dot((2,1)); dot((2,-1)); dot((-1,2)); draw((0.8, -1.4+e)--(1.8-e, 0.6)--(-0.2, 1.6-e)--(-1.2+e, -0.4)--cycle); [/asy]$ The best square's side length is slightly less than $\sqrt 5$, yielding an answer of $\boxed{\textbf{(D) }5.0}$

## See also

 1998 AHSME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 28 Followed byProblem 30 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 All AHSME Problems and Solutions

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