# Difference between revisions of "2001 AMC 12 Problems/Problem 14"

## Problem

Given the nine-sided regular polygon $A_1 A_2 A_3 A_4 A_5 A_6 A_7 A_8 A_9$, how many distinct equilateral triangles in the plane of the polygon have at least two vertices in the set $\{A_1,A_2,\dots,A_9\}$? $\text{(A) }30 \qquad \text{(B) }36 \qquad \text{(C) }63 \qquad \text{(D) }66 \qquad \text{(E) }72$

## Solution

Each of the $\binom{9}{2} = 36$ pairs of vertices determines two equilateral triangles, for a total of 72 triangles. However, the three triangles $A_1A_4A_7$, $A_2A_5A_8$, and $A_3A_6A_9$ are each counted 3 times, resulting in an overcount of 6. Thus, there are $\boxed{66}$ distinct equilateral triangles.

## See Also

 2001 AMC 12 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 13 Followed byProblem 15 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 All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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