2013 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 20
Problem
For , points and are the vertices of a trapezoid. What is ?
$\textbf{(A)}\ 2-2\sqrt{2}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\3\sqrt{3}-6\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 3\sqrt{2}-5\qquad\textbf{(D}}\ -\frac{3}{4}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 1-\sqrt{3}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. )
Solution
Let be (not respectively). Then we have four points , and a pair of lines each connecting two points must be parallel (as we are dealing with a trapezoid). WLOG, take the line connecting the first two points and the line connecting the last two points to be parallel, so that , or .
Now, we must find how to match up to so that the above equation has a solution. The three possible ways are , , and . On the interval , we have , so the first two of those possible ways do not work because the LHS and the RHS have non-overlapping ranges. Thus, it must be the last possible way, .
Now, we perform some algebraic manipulation to find :
Solve the quadratic to find , so that .
See also
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