2003 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 14
Problem
Points and lie in the plane of the square such that , , , and are equilateral triangles. If has an area of 16, find the area of .
Solution
Solution 1
Since the area of square ABCD is 16, the side length must be 4. Thus, the side length of triangle AKB is 4, and the height of AKB, and thus DMC, is .
The diagonal of the square KNML will then be . From here there are 2 ways to proceed:
First: Since the diagonal is , the side length is , and the area is thus .
Second: Since a square is a rhombus, the area of the square is , where and are the diagonals of the rhombus. Since the diagonal is , the area is .
Solution 2
Because has area , its side length is simply .
Angle chasing, we find that the angle of .
We also know that .
Using Law of Cosines, we find that side .
However, the area of is simply , hence the answer is .
See Also
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