2003 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 11
Problem 11
A square and an equilateral triangle have the same perimeter. Let be the area of the circle circumscribed about the square and the area of the circle circumscribed around the triangle. Find .
Solution
Suppose that the common perimeter is Then, the side lengths of the square and triangle, respectively, are and The circle circumscribed about the square has a diameter equal to the diagonal of the square, which is Therefore, the radius is and the area of the circle is
Now consider the circle circumscribed around the equilateral triangle. Due to symmetry, the circle must share a center with the equilateral triangle. The radius of the circle is simply the distance from the center of the triangle to a vertex. This distance is of an altitude. By right triangle properties, the altitude is where s is the side. So, the radius is The area of the circle is So,
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