2018 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 15
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Problem 15
In the diagram below, a diameter of each of the two smaller circles is a radius of the larger circle. If the two smaller circles have a combined area of square unit, then what is the area of the shaded region, in square units?
Solution 1
Let the radius of the large circle be . Then the radii of the smaller circles are . The areas of the circles are directly proportional to the square of the radii, so the ratio of the area of the small circle to the large one is . This means the combined area of the 2 smaller circles is half of the larger circle, and therefore the shaded region is equal to the combined area of the 2 smaller circles, which is
Solution 2
Let the radius of the two smaller circles be . It follows that the area of one of the
smaller circles is . Thus, the area of the two inner circles combined would
evaluate to which is . Since the radius of the bigger circle is two times
that of the smaller circles(the diameter), the radius of the larger circle in terms of
would be . The area of the larger circle would come to .
Subtracting the area of the smaller circles from that of the larger circle(since that would
be the shaded region), we have
Therefore, the area of the shaded region is
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