2004 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 22

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The following problem is from both the 2004 AMC 12A #22 and 2004 AMC 10A #25, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem

Three mutually tangent spheres of radius $1$ rest on a horizontal plane. A sphere of radius $2$ rests on them. What is the distance from the plane to the top of the larger sphere?

$\text {(A)}\ 3 + \frac {\sqrt {30}}{2} \qquad \text {(B)}\ 3 + \frac {\sqrt {69}}{3} \qquad \text {(C)}\ 3 + \frac {\sqrt {123}}{4}\qquad \text {(D)}\ \frac {52}{9}\qquad \text {(E)}\ 3 + 2\sqrt2$

Solution

We draw the three spheres of radius $1$:

2004AMC12A 22 1.png

And then add the sphere of radius $2$:

2004AMC12A 22 2.png

The height from the center of the bottom sphere to the plane is $1$, and from the center of the top sphere to the tip is $2$.

2004 AMC12A-22a.png

We now need the vertical height of the centers. If we connect the centers, we get a triangular pyramid with an equilateral triangle base. The distance from the vertex of the equilateral triangle to its centroid can be found by $30-60-90 \triangle$s to be $\frac{2}{\sqrt{3}}$.

2004 AMC12A-22b.png

By the Pythagorean Theorem, we have $\left(\frac{2}{\sqrt{3}}\right)^2 + h^2 = 3^2 \Longrightarrow h = \frac{\sqrt{69}}{3}$. Adding the heights up, we get $\frac{\sqrt{69}}{3} + 1 + 2 = \Rightarrow\boxed{\mathrm{(B)}\ 3+\frac{\sqrt{69}}{3}}$

See also

2004 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 21
Followed by
Problem 23
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
2004 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 24
Followed by
Final Question
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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