2014 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 13

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Problem

Equilateral $\triangle ABC$ has side length $1$, and squares $ABDE$, $BCHI$, $CAFG$ lie outside the triangle. What is the area of hexagon $DEFGHI$?

[asy] import graph; size(6cm); pen dps = linewidth(0.7) + fontsize(8); defaultpen(dps); pair B = (0,0); pair C = (1,0); pair A = rotate(60,B)*C;  pair E = rotate(270,A)*B; pair D = rotate(270,E)*A;  pair F = rotate(90,A)*C; pair G = rotate(90,F)*A;  pair I = rotate(270,B)*C; pair H = rotate(270,I)*B;  draw(A--B--C--cycle); draw(A--E--D--B); draw(A--F--G--C); draw(B--I--H--C);  draw(E--F); draw(D--I); draw(I--H); draw(H--G);  label("$A$",A,N); label("$B$",B,SW); label("$C$",C,SE); label("$D$",D,W); label("$E$",E,W); label("$F$",F,E); label("$G$",G,E); label("$H$",H,SE); label("$I$",I,SW); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ \dfrac{12+3\sqrt3}4\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \dfrac92\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 3+\sqrt3\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \dfrac{6+3\sqrt3}2\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 6$

Solution 1

The area of the equilateral triangle is $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$. The area of the three squares is $3\times 1=3$.

Since $\angle C=360$, $\angle GCH=360-90-90-60=120$.

Dropping an altitude from $C$ to $GH$ allows to create a $30-60-90$ triangle since $\triangle GCH$ is isosceles. This means that the height of $\triangle GCH$ is $\dfrac{1}{2}$ and half the length of $GH$ is $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$. Therefore, the area of each isosceles triangle is $\dfrac{1}{2}\times\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}=\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$. Multiplying by $3$ yields $\dfrac{3\sqrt{3}}{4}$ for all three isosceles triangles.

Therefore, the total area is $3+\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}+\dfrac{3\sqrt{3}}{4}=3+\dfrac{4\sqrt{3}}{4}=3+\sqrt{3}\implies\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 3+\sqrt3}$.

Solution 2

As seen in the previous solution, segment $GH$ is $\sqrt{3}$. Think of the picture as one large equilateral triangle, $\triangle{JKL}$ with the sides of $2\sqrt{3}+1$, by extending $EF$, $GH$, and $DI$ to points $J$, $K$, and $L$, respectively. This makes the area of $\triangle{JKL}$ $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}(2\sqrt{3}+1)^2=\dfrac{12+13\sqrt{3}}{4}$.

[asy] import graph; size(10cm); pen dps = linewidth(0.7) + fontsize(8); defaultpen(dps); pair B = (0,0); pair C = (1,0); pair A = rotate(60,B)*C;  pair E = rotate(270,A)*B; pair D = rotate(270,E)*A;  pair F = rotate(90,A)*C; pair G = rotate(90,F)*A;  pair I = rotate(270,B)*C; pair H = rotate(270,I)*B;  pair J = rotate(60,I)*D; pair K = rotate(60,E)*F; pair L = rotate(60,G)*H;  draw(A--B--C--cycle); draw(A--E--D--B); draw(A--F--G--C); draw(B--I--H--C);  draw(E--F); draw(D--I); draw(I--H); draw(H--G);  draw(I--J--D); draw(E--K--F); draw(G--L--H);  label("$A$",A,N); label("$B$",B,SW); label("$C$",C,SE); label("$D$",D,W); label("$E$",E,W); label("$F$",F,E); label("$G$",G,E); label("$H$",H,SE); label("$I$",I,SW); label("$J$",J,SW); label("$K$",K,N); label("$L$",L,SE); [/asy]

Triangles $\triangle{DIJ}$, $\triangle{EFK}$, and $\triangle{GHL}$ have sides of $\sqrt{3}$, so their total area is $3(\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}(\sqrt{3})^2)=\dfrac{9\sqrt{3}}{4}$.

Now, you subtract their total area from the area of $\triangle{JKL}$:

$\dfrac{12+13\sqrt{3}}{4}-\dfrac{9\sqrt{3}}{4}=\dfrac{12+13\sqrt{3}-9\sqrt{3}}{4}=\dfrac{12+4\sqrt{3}}{4}=3+\sqrt{3}\implies\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 3+\sqrt3}$

Solution 3

We will use, $\frac{1}{2}ab\sin x$ to find the area of the following triangles. Since $\angle A=360$, $\angle EAF=360-90-90-60=120$.

The Area of $\triangle AEF$ is $\frac{1}{2} \cdot 1 \cdot 1 \cdot \sin(120)$. Noting, $\sin (2x) = 2\sin (x)\cos (x)$,

Area of $\triangle AEF = \frac{1}{2} \cdot 1 \cdot 1 \cdot 2 \cdot \sin(60) \cdot \cos(60) = \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$,

Area of $\triangle ABC = \frac{1}{2} \cdot 1 \cdot 1 \cdot \sin(60) = \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$,

Area of square ABDE = 1,

Therefore the composite area of the entire figure is, \[3 \cdot [\triangle AEF] + [\triangle ABC] + 3 \cdot [ABDE] = 3 \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4} + \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4} + 3 \cdot 1 = 4 \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{4} + 3 = \sqrt{3} + 3 \implies\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 3+\sqrt3}\]


Solution 4

We know that the area is equal to 3*EAF+3*ACGF+ABC. We also know that ACGF and the rest of the squares' area is equal to 1. Therefore the answer is 3*EAF+ABC+3. The only one with "+3" or "3+" is C, our answer. Very unreliable. -Reality Writes

Solution 5

$\angle{AEF} = 180- \angle{BAC} = 120$

The area of the obtuse triangle is $\frac{1}{2}\sin{120} = \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}$

The total area is $3\left(1 + \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}\right) + \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4} = \sqrt{3} + 3$

~mathboy282

See Also

2014 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 12
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Problem 14
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