2012 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 10

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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.


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.

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