# 2001 AMC 10 Problems/Problem 24

## Problem

In trapezoid $ABCD$, $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{CD}$ are perpendicular to $\overline{AD}$, with $AB+CD=BC$, $AB, and $AD=7$. What is $AB\cdot CD$? $\textbf{(A)}\ 12 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 12.25 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 12.5 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 12.75 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 13$

## Solution $[asy] /* Geogebra to Asymptote conversion, documentation at artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki, go to User:Azjps/geogebra */ import graph; size(7cm); real labelscalefactor = 0.5; /* changes label-to-point distance */ pen dps = linewidth(0.7) + fontsize(10); defaultpen(dps); /* default pen style */ pen dotstyle = black; /* point style */ real xmin = -4.3, xmax = 7.3, ymin = -3.16, ymax = 6.3; /* image dimensions */ /* draw figures */ draw(circle((0.2,4.92), 1.3)); draw(circle((1.04,1.58), 2.14)); draw((-1.1,4.92)--(0.2,4.92)); draw((0.2,4.92)--(1.04,1.58)); draw((1.04,1.58)--(-1.1,1.58)); draw((-1.1,1.58)--(-1.1,4.92)); /* dots and labels */ dot((-1.1,4.92),dotstyle); label("A", (-1.02,5.12), NE * labelscalefactor); dot((0.2,4.92),dotstyle); label("B", (0.28,5.12), NE * labelscalefactor); dot((-1.1,1.58),dotstyle); label("D", (-1.02,1.78), NE * labelscalefactor); dot((1.04,1.58),dotstyle); label("C", (1.12,1.78), NE * labelscalefactor); clip((xmin,ymin)--(xmin,ymax)--(xmax,ymax)--(xmax,ymin)--cycle); /* end of picture */ [/asy]$

If $AB=x$ and $CD=y$, then $BC=x+y$. By the Pythagorean theorem, we have $(x+y)^2=(y-x)^2+49.$ Solving the equation, we get $4xy=49 \implies xy = \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 12.25}$.

## Solution 2

Simpler is just drawing the trapezoid and then using what is given to solve. Draw a line parallel to $\overline{AD}$ that connects the longer side to the corner of the shorter side. Name the bottom part $x$ and top part $a$. By the Pythagorean theorem, it is obvious that $a^{2} + 49 = (2x+a)^{2}$ (the RHS is the fact the two sides added together equals that). Then, we get $a^2 + 49 = 4x^2 + 4ax + a^2$, cancel out and factor and we get $49 = 4x(x+a)$. Notice that $x(x+a)$ is what the question asks, so the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 12.25}$.

Solution by IronicNinja

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