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== Problem ==
 
== Problem ==
A regular hexagon with center at the origin in the complex plane has opposite pairs of sides one unit apart. One pair of sides is parallel to the imaginary axis. Let <math>R</math> be the region outside the hexagon, and let <math>S = \left\lbrace\frac{1}{z}|z \in R\right\rbrace</math>. Then the area of <math>S</math> has the form <math>a\pi + \sqrt{b}</math>, where <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> are positive integers. Find <math>a + b</math>.
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A [[regular polygon|regular]] [[hexagon]] with center at the [[origin]] in the [[complex plane]] has opposite pairs of sides one unit apart. One pair of sides is parallel to the imaginary axis. Let <math>R</math> be the region outside the hexagon, and let <math>S = \left\lbrace\frac{1}{z}|z \in R\right\rbrace</math>. Then the area of <math>S</math> has the form <math>a\pi + \sqrt{b}</math>, where <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> are positive integers. Find <math>a + b</math>.
  
 
== Solution ==
 
== Solution ==
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If a point <math>z = r\text{cis}\,\theta</math> is in <math>R</math>, then the point <math>\frac{1}{z} = \frac{1}{r} \text{cis}\, -\theta</math> is in <math>S</math> (where [[cis]] denotes <math>\text{cis}\, \theta = \cos \theta + i \sin \theta</math>). Since <math>R</math> is symmetric about the origin, it suffices to consider the result of the transformation when <math>-30 \le \theta \le 30</math>, and then to multiply by <math>6</math> to account for the entire area.
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We note that the region <math>S_2 = \left\lbrace\frac{1}{z}|z \in R_2\right\rbrace</math>, where <math>R_2</math> is the region outside the circle of radius <math>1/2</math> centered at the origin, then <math>S_2</math> is simply the region inside a circle of radius <math>2</math> centered at the origin. It now suffices to find what happens to the mapping of the region <math>R_2 - R</math>.
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The equation of the hexagon side in that region is <math>x = r \cos \theta = \frac{1}{2}</math>, which is transformed to <math>\frac{1}{r} \cos -\theta = \frac{1}{r} \cos \theta = \frac 12</math>. Let <math>r\cos \theta = a+bi</math> where <math>a,b \in \mathbb{R}</math>; then <math>r = \sqrt{a^2 + b^2}, \cos \theta = \frac{a}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2}}</math>, so the equation becomes <math>a^2 - 2a + b^2 = 0 \Longrightarrow (a-1)^2 + b^2 = 1</math>. Hence the side is sent to a unit circle centered at <math>(1,0)</math>.
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Then <math>S</math> is the union of six unit circles centered at <math>\cis \frac{k\pi}{6}</math>, <math>k = 0,1,2,3,4,5</math>, and the region <math>S_2</math>. That is show below. 
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<center><asy>
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picture p;
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draw(p,expi(pi/6)--expi(-pi/6)--(0,0)--cycle);draw(p,arc(1/3^.5,1/3^.5,-60,60));
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add(p);add(rotate(60)*p);add(rotate(120)*p);add(rotate(180)*p);add(rotate(240)*p);add(rotate(300)*p);
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</asy></center>
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The area of the regular hexagon is just <math>6 \cdot \frac{(\sqrt{3}^2) \sqrt{3}}{4} = \frac{9}{2}\sqrt{3}</math>. The area of each of the <math>120^{\circ}</math> sectors is <math>6\left(\frac{1}{3}\pi - \frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{1}{2} \cdot \sqrt{3}\right) = 2\pi - \frac{3}{2}\sqrt{3}</math>. Their sum is <math>2\pi + \sqrt{27}</math>, and <math>a+b = \boxed{029}</math>.
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
{{AIME box|year=2008|n=II|num-b=12|num-a=14}}
 
{{AIME box|year=2008|n=II|num-b=12|num-a=14}}
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[[Category:Intermediate Algebra Problems]]
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[[Category:Intermediate Geometry Problems]]

Revision as of 17:30, 21 September 2008

Problem

A regular hexagon with center at the origin in the complex plane has opposite pairs of sides one unit apart. One pair of sides is parallel to the imaginary axis. Let $R$ be the region outside the hexagon, and let $S = \left\lbrace\frac{1}{z}|z \in R\right\rbrace$. Then the area of $S$ has the form $a\pi + \sqrt{b}$, where $a$ and $b$ are positive integers. Find $a + b$.

Solution

If a point $z = r\text{cis}\,\theta$ is in $R$, then the point $\frac{1}{z} = \frac{1}{r} \text{cis}\, -\theta$ is in $S$ (where cis denotes $\text{cis}\, \theta = \cos \theta + i \sin \theta$). Since $R$ is symmetric about the origin, it suffices to consider the result of the transformation when $-30 \le \theta \le 30$, and then to multiply by $6$ to account for the entire area.

We note that the region $S_2 = \left\lbrace\frac{1}{z}|z \in R_2\right\rbrace$, where $R_2$ is the region outside the circle of radius $1/2$ centered at the origin, then $S_2$ is simply the region inside a circle of radius $2$ centered at the origin. It now suffices to find what happens to the mapping of the region $R_2 - R$.

The equation of the hexagon side in that region is $x = r \cos \theta = \frac{1}{2}$, which is transformed to $\frac{1}{r} \cos -\theta = \frac{1}{r} \cos \theta = \frac 12$. Let $r\cos \theta = a+bi$ where $a,b \in \mathbb{R}$; then $r = \sqrt{a^2 + b^2}, \cos \theta = \frac{a}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2}}$, so the equation becomes $a^2 - 2a + b^2 = 0 \Longrightarrow (a-1)^2 + b^2 = 1$. Hence the side is sent to a unit circle centered at $(1,0)$.

Then $S$ is the union of six unit circles centered at $\cis \frac{k\pi}{6}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.), $k = 0,1,2,3,4,5$, and the region $S_2$. That is show below.

[asy] picture p; draw(p,expi(pi/6)--expi(-pi/6)--(0,0)--cycle);draw(p,arc(1/3^.5,1/3^.5,-60,60)); add(p);add(rotate(60)*p);add(rotate(120)*p);add(rotate(180)*p);add(rotate(240)*p);add(rotate(300)*p); [/asy]

The area of the regular hexagon is just $6 \cdot \frac{(\sqrt{3}^2) \sqrt{3}}{4} = \frac{9}{2}\sqrt{3}$. The area of each of the $120^{\circ}$ sectors is $6\left(\frac{1}{3}\pi - \frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{1}{2} \cdot \sqrt{3}\right) = 2\pi - \frac{3}{2}\sqrt{3}$. Their sum is $2\pi + \sqrt{27}$, and $a+b = \boxed{029}$.

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See also

2008 AIME II (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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