# 2010 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 17

## Problem

The diagram shows an octagon consisting of $10$ unit squares. The portion below $\overline{PQ}$ is a unit square and a triangle with base $5$. If $\overline{PQ}$ bisects the area of the octagon, what is the ratio $\dfrac{XQ}{QY}$?

$[asy] import graph; size(300); real lsf = 0.5; pen dp = linewidth(0.7) + fontsize(10); defaultpen(dp); pen ds = black; pen xdxdff = rgb(0.49,0.49,1); draw((0,0)--(6,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((0,0)--(0,1),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((0,1)--(1,1),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((1,1)--(1,2),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((1,2)--(5,2),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((5,2)--(5,1),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((5,1)--(6,1),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((6,1)--(6,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((1,1)--(5,1),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((1,1)--(1,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((2,2)--(2,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((3,2)--(3,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((4,2)--(4,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((5,1)--(5,0),linewidth(1.2pt)); draw((0,0)--(5,1.5),linewidth(1.2pt)); dot((0,0),ds); label("P", (-0.23,-0.26),NE*lsf); dot((0,1),ds); dot((1,1),ds); dot((1,2),ds); dot((5,2),ds); label("X", (5.14,2.02),NE*lsf); dot((5,1),ds); label("Y", (5.12,1.14),NE*lsf); dot((6,1),ds); dot((6,0),ds); dot((1,0),ds); dot((2,0),ds); dot((3,0),ds); dot((4,0),ds); dot((5,0),ds); dot((2,2),ds); dot((3,2),ds); dot((4,2),ds); dot((5,1.5),ds); label("Q", (5.14,1.51),NE*lsf); clip((-4.19,-5.52)--(-4.19,6.5)--(10.08,6.5)--(10.08,-5.52)--cycle); [/asy]$

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{2}{5}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \frac{1}{2}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{3}{5}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \frac{2}{3}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{3}{4}$

## Solution 1

We see that half the area of the octagon is $5$. We see that the triangle area is $5-1 = 4$. That means that $\frac{5h}{2} = 4 \rightarrow h=\frac{8}{5}$. $$\text{QY}=\frac{8}{5} - 1 = \frac{3}{5}$$ Meaning, $\frac{\frac{2}{5}}{\frac{3}{5}} = \boxed{\textbf{(D) }\frac{2}{3}}$

## Solution 2

Like stated in solution 1, we know that half the area of the octagon is $5$.

That means that the area of the trapezoid is $5+1=6$.

$5(XQ+2)/2=6$. Solving for $XQ$, we get $XQ=2/5$.

Subtracting $2/5$ from $1$, we get $QY=3/5$.

Therefore, the answer comes out to $\boxed{\textbf{(D) }\frac{2}{3}}$

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## See Also

 2010 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 16 Followed byProblem 18 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 AJHSME/AMC 8 Problems and Solutions

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