2018 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 24
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Problem 24
In the cube with opposite vertices and and are the midpoints of vertices and respectively. Let be the ratio of the area of the cross-section to the area of one of the faces of the cube. What is
Solution
Note that is a rhombus by symmetry. Let the side length of the cube be . By the Pythagorean theorem, and . Since the area of a rhombus is half the product of its diagonals, the area of the cross section is . This gives . Thus
Note
In the 2008 AMC 10A, Question 21 was nearly identical to this question, except that in this question you have to look for the square of the area, not the actual area.
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