2006 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5
Problem
Points and are midpoints of the sides of the larger square. If the larger square has area 60, what is the area of the smaller square?
Solution
Solution 1
Drawing segments and , the number of triangles outside square is the same as the number of triangles inside the square. Thus areas must be equal so the area of is half the area of the larger square which is .
Solution 2
If the side length of the larger square is , the side length of the smaller square is . Therefore the area of the smaller square is , half of the larger square's area, .
Thus, the area of the smaller square in the picture is .
See Also
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