# 2010 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 19

## Problem

A circle with center $O$ has area $156\pi$. Triangle $ABC$ is equilateral, $\overline{BC}$ is a chord on the circle, $OA = 4\sqrt{3}$, and point $O$ is outside $\triangle ABC$. What is the side length of $\triangle ABC$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 2\sqrt{3} \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 6 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 4\sqrt{3} \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 12 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 18$

## Solution

The formula for the area of a circle is $\pi r^2$ so the radius of this circle is $\sqrt{156}.$

Because $OA=4\sqrt{3} < \sqrt{156}, A$ must be in the interior of circle $O.$

$[asy] unitsize(3mm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(11pt)); dotfactor=3; real r=sqrt(156); pair A=(0,sqrt(48)), B=(-3,sqrt(147)), C=(3,sqrt(147)); pair O=(0,0); pair X=(0,7sqrt(3)); path outer=Circle(O,r); draw(outer); draw(A--B--C--cycle); draw(O--X); draw(O--B); pair[] ps={A,B,C,O,X}; dot(ps); label("A",A,SE); label("B",B,NW); label("C",C,NE); label("O",O,S); label("X",X,N); label("s",A--C,SE); label("\frac{s}{2}",B--X,N); label("\frac{s\sqrt{3}}{2}",A--X,NE); label("\sqrt{156}",O--B,SW); label("4\sqrt{3}",A--O,E); [/asy]$

Let $s$ be the unknown value, the sidelength of the triangle, and let $X$ be the point on $BC$ where $OX \perp BC.$ Since $\triangle ABC$ is equilateral, $BX=\frac{s}{2}$ and $AX=\frac{s\sqrt{3}}{2}.$ We are given $AO=4\sqrt{3}.$ Use the Pythagorean Theorem and solve for $s.$

\begin{align*} (\sqrt{156})^2 &= \left(\frac{s}{2}\right)^2 + \left( \frac{s\sqrt{3}}{2} + 4\sqrt{3} \right)^2\\ 156 &= \frac14s^2 + \frac34s^2 + 12s + 48\\ 0 &= s^2 + 12s - 108\\ 0 &= (s-6)(s+18)\\ s &= \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 6} \end{align*}