2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 14
- The following problem is from both the 2002 AMC 12B #14 and 2002 AMC 10B #18, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Four distinct circles are drawn in a plane. What is the maximum number of points where at least two of the circles intersect?
Solution 1
For any given pair of circles, they can intersect at most times. Since there are pairs of circles, the maximum number of possible intersections is . We can construct such a situation as below, so the answer is .
Solution 2
Because a pair or circles can intersect at most times, the first circle can intersect the second at points, the third can intersect the first two at points, and the fourth can intersect the first three at points. This means that our answer is
Solution 3
Pick a circle any circle- ways. Then, pick any other circle- ways. For each of these circles, there will be intersections for a total of = intersections. However, we have counted each intersection twice, so we divide for overcounting. Therefore, we reach a total of , which corresponds to .
See also
2002 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 17 |
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2002 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 13 |
Followed by Problem 15 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
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