2021 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 24
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Problem
The interior of a quadrilateral is bounded by the graphs of and , where a positive real number. What is the area of this region in terms of , valid for all ?
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Solution 1
The conditions and give and or and . The slopes here are perpendicular, so the quadrilateral is a rectangle. Plug in and graph it. We quickly see that the area is , so the answer can't be or by testing the values they give (test it!). Now plug in . We see using a ruler that the sides of the rectangle are about and . So the area is about . Testing we get which is clearly less than , so it is out. Testing we get which is near our answer, so we leave it. Testing we get , way less than , so it is out. So, the only plausible answer is ~firebolt360
Solution 2 (Casework: Rectangle)
The cases for are or two parallel lines. We rearrange each case and construct the table below: The cases for are or two parallel lines. We rearrange each case and construct the table below: Since the slopes of intersecting lines and are negative reciprocals, we get four right angles, from which the quadrilateral is a rectangle.
Two solutions follow from here:
Solution 2.1 (Distance Between Parallel Lines)
Recall that for constants and the distance between parallel lines is
From this formula:
- The distance between lines and is the length of the rectangle.
- The distance between lines and is the width of the rectangle.
The area we seek is
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Solution 2.2 (Answer Choices)
Plugging into the answer choices gives
At the respective solutions to systems are
By the Distance Formula, the length and width of the rectangle are and respectively.
Finally, the area we seek is from which the answer is
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Solution 3 (Trigonometry)
Similar to Solution 2, we will use the equations of the four cases:
(1) This is a line with -intercept , -intercept , and slope
(2) This is a line with -intercept , -intercept , and slope
(3)* This is a line with -intercept , -intercept , and slope
(4)* This is a line with -intercept , -intercept , and slope
The area of the rectangle created by the four equations can be written as
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(Note: slope )
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Solution 4 (bruh moment solution)
Trying narrows down the choices to options , and . Trying and eliminates and , to obtain as our answer. -¢
Video Solution by OmegaLearn (System of Equations and Shoelace Formula)
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See also
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