2011 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 20

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The following problem is from both the 2011 AMC 12B #16 and 2011 AMC 10B #20, so both problems redirect to this page.


Rhombus $ABCD$ has side length $2$ and $\angle B = 120$°. Region $R$ consists of all points inside the rhombus that are closer to vertex $B$ than any of the other three vertices. What is the area of $R$?

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


Suppose that $P$ is a point in the rhombus $ABCD$ and let $\ell_{BC}$ be the perpendicular bisector of $\overline{BC}$. Then $PB < PC$ if and only if $P$ is on the same side of $\ell_{BC}$ as $B$. The line $\ell_{BC}$ divides the plane into two half-planes; let $S_{BC}$ be the half-plane containing $B$. Let us define similarly $\ell_{BD},S_{BD}$ and $\ell_{BA},S_{BA}$. Then $R$ is equal to $ABCD \cap S_{BC} \cap S_{BD} \cap S_{BA}$. The region turns out to be an irregular pentagon. We can make it easier to find the area of this region by dividing it into four triangles:

[asy] unitsize(8mm); defaultpen(linewidth(0.8pt)+fontsize(10pt)); dotfactor=4;  pair A=(4,0), B=(2,2sqrt(3)), C=(-2,2sqrt(3)), D=(0,0), E=(B+C)/2, F=(B+C+D)/3, G=(A+C)/2, H=(A+B+D)/3, I=(A+B)/2; fill((0,2sqrt(3))--B--(3,sqrt(3))--(2,(2sqrt(3))/3)--(0,(4sqrt(3))/3)--cycle,gray); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(D--(0,2sqrt(3))); draw(D--(3,sqrt(3))); draw(A--C); draw(F--B--H); draw(B--G);  label("$A$",A,SE);label("$B$",B,NE);label("$C$",C,NW);label("$D$",D,SW); label("$E$",E,N);label("$F$",F,SW);label("$G$",G,SW);label("$H$",H,S);label("$I$",I,NE); label("$2$",(D--C),SW); [/asy] Since $\triangle BCD$ and $\triangle BAD$ are equilateral, $\ell_{BC}$ contains $D$, $\ell_{BD}$ contains $A$ and $C$, and $\ell_{BA}$ contains $D$. Then $\triangle BEF \cong \triangle BGF \cong \triangle BGH \cong \triangle BIH$ with $BE = 1$ and $EF = \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}$ so $[BEF] = \frac{1}{2}\cdot 1 \cdot \frac{\sqrt{3}}{3}$. Multiply this by 4 and it turns out that the pentagon has area $\boxed{(C)\frac{2\sqrt{3}}{3}}$.

Solution 2

We follow the steps shown above until we draw pentagon $BIHFE$. We know that rhombus $ABCD$ can be divided into equilateral triangles $\triangle ABD$ and $\triangle CBD$. Using the $30-60-90$ special right triangle rules, we find the height of the equilateral triangles (and the height of the rhombus) to be $\sqrt{3}$. Therefore, the area of $ABCD$ is $2\sqrt{3}$. We now have to take off the areas $\triangle CDA$, $\triangle CEF$, and $\triangle AIH$ to get the desired shape. $\triangle CDA$ is just half of $ABCD$ $(\sqrt {3})$ and $\triangle AIH$ and $\triangle CEF$ are each $\frac{\sqrt {3}}{6}$, for a total area of $2\sqrt {3}-\sqrt {3}-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{6}-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{6}=\boxed{(C)\frac{2\sqrt{3}}{3}}$.

Solution 3

We split rhombus $ABCD$ into two equilateral triangles, $ABD$ and $BCD$. In triangle $ABD$, the probability that a randomly selected point is closer to $B$ than either other point is $\frac{1}{3}$ (why?). Similarly, in triangle $BCD$, the same principle applies. Thus, the area of the region closer to $B$ than $A$, $C$, or $D$ is $\frac{1}{3} [ABD] + \frac{1}{3} [BCD]$. Since $ABD$ and $BCD$ are congruent, we have $\frac{1}{3} [ABD] + \frac{1}{3} [BCD] = \frac{2}{3} [ABD] = \frac{2}{3} \cdot \frac{s^2\sqrt{3}}{4} = \frac{2}{3} \cdot \frac{(2)^2\sqrt{3}}{4} = \boxed{\frac{2\sqrt3}{3} = C}$, and we are done.

Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath



See Also

2011 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 19
Followed by
Problem 21
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
2011 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 15
Followed by
Problem 17
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 12 Problems and Solutions

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