# 2009 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 6

## Problem

A circle of radius $2$ is inscribed in a semicircle, as shown. The area inside the semicircle but outside the circle is shaded. What fraction of the semicircle's area is shaded?

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$\mathrm{(A)}\ \frac{1}{2} \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ \frac{\pi}{6} \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ \frac{2}{\pi} \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ \frac{2}{3} \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ \frac{3}{\pi}$

## Solution

Area of the circle inscribed inside the semicircle $= \pi r^2 \Rightarrow \pi(2^2) = 4 \pi .$ Area of the larger circle (semicircle's area x 2)$= \pi r^2 \Rightarrow \pi(4^2)= 16 \pi$ (4, or the diameter of the inscribed circle is the same thing as the radius of the semicircle). Thus, the area of the semicircle is $\frac{1}{2}(16 \pi) \Rightarrow 8 \pi .$ Part of the semicircle that is unshaded is $\frac{4 \pi}{8 \pi} = \frac{1}{2}$ Therefore, the shaded part is $1 - \frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{2}$

Thus the answer is $\frac{1}{2}\Rightarrow \fbox{A}$

## See also

 2009 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 5 Followed byProblem 7 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
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