Difference between revisions of "2007 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 18"

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Consider the <math>12</math>-sided polygon <math>ABCDEFGHIJKL</math>, as shown. Each of its sides has length <math>4</math>, and each two consecutive sides form a right angle. Suppose that <math>\overline{AG}</math> and <math>\overline{CH}</math> meet at <math>M</math>. What is the area of quadrilateral <math>ABCM</math>?
 
Consider the <math>12</math>-sided polygon <math>ABCDEFGHIJKL</math>, as shown. Each of its sides has length <math>4</math>, and each two consecutive sides form a right angle. Suppose that <math>\overline{AG}</math> and <math>\overline{CH}</math> meet at <math>M</math>. What is the area of quadrilateral <math>ABCM</math>?
  
[[Image:2007-AMC-10A--18.png]]
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<asy>
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unitsize(13mm);
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defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(10pt));
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dotfactor=4;
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pair A=(1,3), B=(2,3), C=(2,2), D=(3,2), Ep=(3,1), F=(2,1), G=(2,0), H=(1,0), I=(1,1), J=(0,1), K=(0,2), L=(1,2);
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pair M=intersectionpoints(A--G,H--C)[0];
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draw(A--B--C--D--Ep--F--G--H--I--J--K--L--cycle);
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draw(A--G);
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draw(H--C);
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dot(M);
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label("$A$",A,NW);
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label("$B$",B,NE);
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label("$C$",C,NE);
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label("$D$",D,NE);
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label("$E$",Ep,SE);
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label("$F$",F,SE);
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label("$G$",G,SE);
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label("$H$",H,SW);
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label("$I$",I,SW);
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label("$J$",J,SW);
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label("$K$",K,NW);
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label("$L$",L,NW);
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label("$M$",M,W);
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</asy>
  
 
<math>\text{(A)}\ \frac {44}{3}\qquad \text{(B)}\ 16 \qquad \text{(C)}\ \frac {88}{5}\qquad \text{(D)}\ 20 \qquad \text{(E)}\ \frac {62}{3}</math>
 
<math>\text{(A)}\ \frac {44}{3}\qquad \text{(B)}\ 16 \qquad \text{(C)}\ \frac {88}{5}\qquad \text{(D)}\ 20 \qquad \text{(E)}\ \frac {62}{3}</math>
  
 
==Solution==
 
==Solution==
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=== Solution 1 ===
  
 
We can obtain the solution by calculating the area of rectangle <math>ABGH</math> minus the combined area of triangles <math>\triangle AHG</math> and <math>\triangle CGM</math>.
 
We can obtain the solution by calculating the area of rectangle <math>ABGH</math> minus the combined area of triangles <math>\triangle AHG</math> and <math>\triangle CGM</math>.
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Taking the area of rectangle <math>ABGH</math> and subtracting the combined area of <math>\triangle AHG</math> and <math>\triangle CGM</math> yields <math>48 - (24 + \frac{32}{5}) = \boxed{\frac{88}{5}}\ \text{(C)}</math>.
 
Taking the area of rectangle <math>ABGH</math> and subtracting the combined area of <math>\triangle AHG</math> and <math>\triangle CGM</math> yields <math>48 - (24 + \frac{32}{5}) = \boxed{\frac{88}{5}}\ \text{(C)}</math>.
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=== Solution 2 ===
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<asy>
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unitsize(2cm);
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defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(10pt));
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dotfactor=4;
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pair A=(1,3), B=(2,3), C=(2,2), D=(3,2), Ep=(3,1), F=(2,1), G=(2,0), H=(1,0), I=(1,1), J=(0,1), K=(0,2), L=(1,2);
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pair M=intersectionpoints(A--G,H--C)[0];
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pair Z=(2.5,3);
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draw(A--B--C--D--Ep--F--G--H--I--J--K--L--cycle);
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draw(A--G);
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draw(H--C);
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draw(B--Z--C);
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draw(C--F);
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dot(M);
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label("$A$",A,NW);
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label("$B$",B,N);
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label("$C$",C,SE);
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label("$D$",D,NE);
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label("$E$",Ep,SE);
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label("$F$",F,SE);
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label("$G$",G,SE);
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label("$H$",H,SW);
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label("$I$",I,SW);
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label("$J$",J,SW);
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label("$K$",K,NW);
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label("$L$",L,NW);
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label("$M$",M,W);
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label("$N$",Z,NE);
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</asy>
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Extend <math>AB</math> and <math>CH</math> and call their intersection <math>N</math>.
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The triangles <math>CBN</math> and <math>CGH</math> are clearly similar with ratio <math>1:2</math>, hence <math>BN=2</math> and thus <math>AN=6</math>. The area of the triangle <math>BCN</math> is <math>\frac{2\cdot 4}2 = 4</math>.
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The triangles <math>MAN</math> and <math>MGH</math> are similar as well, and we now know that the ratio of their dimensions is <math>AN:GH = 6:4 = 3:2</math>.
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Draw altitudes from <math>M</math> onto <math>AN</math> and <math>GH</math>, let their feet be <math>M_1</math> and <math>M_2</math>. We get that <math>MM_1 : MM_2 = 3:2</math>. Hence <math>MM1 = \frac 35 \cdot 12 = \frac {36}5 </math>.
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Then the area of <math>AMN</math> is <math>\frac 12 \cdot AN \cdot MM_1 = \frac{108}5</math>, and the area of <math>ABCM</math> can be obtained by subtracting the area of <math>BCN</math>, which is <math>4</math>. Hence the answer is <math>\frac{108}5 - 4 =  \boxed{\frac{88}5}</math>.
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 15:00, 1 March 2009

Problem

Consider the $12$-sided polygon $ABCDEFGHIJKL$, as shown. Each of its sides has length $4$, and each two consecutive sides form a right angle. Suppose that $\overline{AG}$ and $\overline{CH}$ meet at $M$. What is the area of quadrilateral $ABCM$?

[asy] unitsize(13mm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(10pt)); dotfactor=4;  pair A=(1,3), B=(2,3), C=(2,2), D=(3,2), Ep=(3,1), F=(2,1), G=(2,0), H=(1,0), I=(1,1), J=(0,1), K=(0,2), L=(1,2); pair M=intersectionpoints(A--G,H--C)[0];  draw(A--B--C--D--Ep--F--G--H--I--J--K--L--cycle); draw(A--G); draw(H--C); dot(M);  label("$A$",A,NW); label("$B$",B,NE); label("$C$",C,NE); label("$D$",D,NE); label("$E$",Ep,SE); label("$F$",F,SE); label("$G$",G,SE); label("$H$",H,SW); label("$I$",I,SW); label("$J$",J,SW); label("$K$",K,NW); label("$L$",L,NW); label("$M$",M,W); [/asy]

$\text{(A)}\ \frac {44}{3}\qquad \text{(B)}\ 16 \qquad \text{(C)}\ \frac {88}{5}\qquad \text{(D)}\ 20 \qquad \text{(E)}\ \frac {62}{3}$

Solution

Solution 1

We can obtain the solution by calculating the area of rectangle $ABGH$ minus the combined area of triangles $\triangle AHG$ and $\triangle CGM$.

We know that triangles $\triangle AMH$ and $\triangle CGM$ are similar because $\overline{AH} \parallel \overline{CG}$. Also, since $\frac{AH}{CG} = \frac{3}{2}$, the ratio of the distance from $M$ to $\overline{AH}$ to the distance from $M$ to $\overline{CG}$ is also $\frac{3}{2}$. Solving with the fact that the distance from $\overline{AH}$ to $\overline{CG}$ is 4, we see that the distance from $M$ to $\overline{CG}$ is $\frac{8}{5}$.

The area of $\triangle AHG$ is simply $\frac{1}{2} \cdot 4 \cdot 12 = 24$, the area of $\triangle CGM$ is $\frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{8}{5} \cdot 8 = \frac{32}{5}$, and the area of rectangle $ABGH$ is $4 \cdot 12 = 48$.

Taking the area of rectangle $ABGH$ and subtracting the combined area of $\triangle AHG$ and $\triangle CGM$ yields $48 - (24 + \frac{32}{5}) = \boxed{\frac{88}{5}}\ \text{(C)}$.

Solution 2

[asy] unitsize(2cm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(10pt)); dotfactor=4;  pair A=(1,3), B=(2,3), C=(2,2), D=(3,2), Ep=(3,1), F=(2,1), G=(2,0), H=(1,0), I=(1,1), J=(0,1), K=(0,2), L=(1,2); pair M=intersectionpoints(A--G,H--C)[0]; pair Z=(2.5,3);  draw(A--B--C--D--Ep--F--G--H--I--J--K--L--cycle); draw(A--G); draw(H--C); draw(B--Z--C); draw(C--F); dot(M);  label("$A$",A,NW); label("$B$",B,N); label("$C$",C,SE); label("$D$",D,NE); label("$E$",Ep,SE); label("$F$",F,SE); label("$G$",G,SE); label("$H$",H,SW); label("$I$",I,SW); label("$J$",J,SW); label("$K$",K,NW); label("$L$",L,NW); label("$M$",M,W); label("$N$",Z,NE); [/asy]

Extend $AB$ and $CH$ and call their intersection $N$.

The triangles $CBN$ and $CGH$ are clearly similar with ratio $1:2$, hence $BN=2$ and thus $AN=6$. The area of the triangle $BCN$ is $\frac{2\cdot 4}2 = 4$.

The triangles $MAN$ and $MGH$ are similar as well, and we now know that the ratio of their dimensions is $AN:GH = 6:4 = 3:2$.

Draw altitudes from $M$ onto $AN$ and $GH$, let their feet be $M_1$ and $M_2$. We get that $MM_1 : MM_2 = 3:2$. Hence $MM1 = \frac 35 \cdot 12 = \frac {36}5$.

Then the area of $AMN$ is $\frac 12 \cdot AN \cdot MM_1 = \frac{108}5$, and the area of $ABCM$ can be obtained by subtracting the area of $BCN$, which is $4$. Hence the answer is $\frac{108}5 - 4 =  \boxed{\frac{88}5}$.



See also

2007 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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