2003 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 24

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A ship travels from point $A$ to point $B$ along a semicircular path, centered at Island $X$. Then it travels along a straight path from $B$ to $C$. Which of these graphs best shows the ship's distance from Island $X$ as it moves along its course?

[asy]size(150); pair X=origin, A=(-5,0), B=(5,0), C=(0,5); draw(Arc(X, 5, 180, 360)^^B--C); dot(X); label("$X$", X, NE); label("$C$", C, N); label("$B$", B, E); label("$A$", A, W); [/asy]



The distance from $\text{X}$ to any point on the semicircle will always be constant. On the graph, this will represent a straight line. The distance between $\text{X}$ and line $\text{BC}$ will not be constant though. We can easily prove that the distance between $\text{X}$ and line $\text{BC}$ will represent a semicircle (prove this by dividing $\triangle{XCB}$ into two congruent triangles using the perpendicular bisector from vertex $\text{X}$). Since the point on line $\text{BC}$ and the perpendicular bisector from vertex $\text{X}$ is the shortest distance between $\text{X}$ and $\text{BC}$ as well as the midpoint of line $\text{BC}$ it will represent the shortest point on the semicircle in the graph as well as the midpoint of the semicircle. Using the information found, the answer choice that fits them all is $\boxed{\text{(B)}}$.

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