2017 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 25

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Problem 25

In the figure shown, $\overline{US}$ and $\overline{UT}$ are line segments each of length 2, and $m\angle TUS = 60^\circ$. Arcs $\overarc{TR}$ and $\overarc{SR}$ are each one-sixth of a circle with radius 2. What is the area of the region shown?

[asy]draw((1,1.732)--(2,3.464)--(3,1.732)); draw(arc((0,0),(2,0),(1,1.732))); draw(arc((4,0),(3,1.732),(2,0))); label("$U$", (2,3.464), N); label("$S$", (1,1.732), W); label("$T$", (3,1.732), E); label("$R$", (2,0), S);[/asy]

$\textbf{(A) }3\sqrt{3}-\pi\qquad\textbf{(B) }4\sqrt{3}-\frac{4\pi}{3}\qquad\textbf{(C) }2\sqrt{3}\qquad\textbf{(D) }4\sqrt{3}-\frac{2\pi}{3}\qquad\textbf{(E) }4+\frac{4\pi}{3}$

Solution

Let the centers of the circles containing arcs $\overarc{SR}$ and $\overarc{TR}$ be $S'$ and $T'$, respectively. Extend $\overline{US}$ and $\overline{UT}$ to $S'$ and $T'$, and connect point $S'$ with point $T'$. [asy]draw((1,1.732)--(2,3.464)--(3,1.732)); draw((1,1.732)--(0,0)--(4,0)--(3,1.732)); draw(arc((0,0),(2,0),(1,1.732))); draw(arc((4,0),(3,1.732),(2,0))); label("$U$", (2,3.464), N); label("$S$", (1,1.732), W); label("$T$", (3,1.732), E); label("$R$", (2,0), S); label("$S'$", (0,0), W); label("$T'$", (4,0), E);[/asy] We can clearly see that $\triangle US'T'$ is an equilateral triangle, because two of its angles are $60^\circ$, which is the degree measure of $\frac{1}{6}$ a circle. The area of the figure is equal to $[\triangle US'T']$ minus the combined area of the $2$ sectors of the circles. Using the area formula for an equilateral triangle, $\frac{a^2\sqrt{3}}{4},$ where $a$ is the side length of the equilateral triangle, $[\triangle US'T']$ is $\frac{\sqrt 3}{4} \cdot 4^2 = 4\sqrt 3.$ The combined area of the $2$ sectors is $2\cdot\frac16\cdot\pi r^2$, which is $\frac 13\pi \cdot 2^2 = \frac{4\pi}{3}.$ Thus, our final answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 4\sqrt{3}-\frac{4\pi}{3}}.$

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