2000 AMC 12 Problems/Problem 19


In triangle $ABC$, $AB = 13$, $BC = 14$, $AC = 15$. Let $D$ denote the midpoint of $\overline{BC}$ and let $E$ denote the intersection of $\overline{BC}$ with the bisector of angle $BAC$. Which of the following is closest to the area of the triangle $ADE$?

$\text {(A)}\ 2 \qquad \text {(B)}\ 2.5 \qquad \text {(C)}\ 3 \qquad \text {(D)}\ 3.5 \qquad \text {(E)}\ 4$

Solution 1

The answer is exactly $3$, choice $\mathrm{(C)}$. We can find the area of triangle $ADE$ by using the simple formula $\frac{bh}{2}$. Dropping an altitude from $A$, we see that it has length $12$ (we can split the large triangle into a $9-12-15$ and a $5-12-13$ triangle). Then we can apply the Angle Bisector Theorem on triangle $ABC$ to solve for $BE$. Solving $\frac{13}{BE}=\frac{15}{14-BE}$, we get that $BE=\frac{13}{2}$. $D$ is the midpoint of $BC$ so $BD=7$. Thus we get the base of triangle $ADE, DE$, to be $\frac{1}{2}$ units long. Applying the formula $\frac{bh}{2}$, we get $\frac{12*\frac{1}{2}}{2}=3$.

Solution 2

The area of $ADE$ is $\frac{DE\cdot h}{2}=\frac{DE}{BC} \cdot \frac{BC\cdot h}{2}=\frac{DE}{BC}[ABC]$ where $h$ is the height of triangle $ABC$. Using Angle Bisector Theorem, we find $\frac{13}{BE}=\frac{15}{14-BE}$, which we solve to get $BE=\frac{13}{2}$. $D$ is the midpoint of $BC$ so $BD=7$. Thus we get the base of triangle $ADE, DE$, to be $\frac{1}{2}$ units long. We can now use Heron's Formula on $ABC$. \[s=\frac{AB+BC+AC}{2}=21\] \[[ABC]=\sqrt{(s)(s-AB)(s-BC)(s-AC)}=\sqrt{(21)(8)(7)(6)}=84\] \[\frac{DE}{BC}[ABC]=\frac{\frac{1}{2}}{14}\cdot 84=3\] Therefore, the answer is $\mathrm{C}$.

Solution 3

[asy] pair A,B,C,D,E; B=(0,0); C=(14,0); A=intersectionpoint(arc(B,13,0,90),arc(C,15,90,180)); draw(A--B--C--cycle); D=(7,0); E=(6.5,0); draw(A--E); draw(A--D); label("$A$",A,N); label("$B$",B,S); label("$C$",C,S); label("$E$",E,NW); label("$D$",D,NE); label("$13$",A--B,NW); label("$15$",A--C,NE); label("$14$",B--C,S); label("$6.5$",B--E,N); label("$7$",C--D,N); [/asy]

Let's find the area of $\Delta ABC$ by Heron,




Knowing that D is the midpoint of BC, then $BD=CD=7$.

By Angle Bisector Theorem we know that:




$\boxed{BE=6.5}\Rightarrow CE=7.5$

Also, we know that:

$\frac{A_{\Delta ADE}}{A_{\Delta ABC}}=\frac{ED}{BC}$

And, we can easily see that $DE=0.5$, so,


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