Difference between revisions of "2012 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 10"

Problem

What is the area of the polygon whose vertices are the points of intersection of the curves $x^2 + y^2 =25$ and $(x-4)^2 + 9y^2 = 81 ?$

$\textbf{(A)}\ 24\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 27\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 36\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 37.5\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 42$

Solution

The first curve is a circle with radius 5 centered at the origin, and the second curve is an ellipse with center (4,0) and end points of (-5,0) and (13,0). Finding points of intersection, we get (-5,0) (4,3) and (4,-3), forming a triangle with height of 9 and base of 6. So 9x6x0.5 =27 ; B.