# 2021 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 17

## Problem

Let $ABCD$ be an isoceles trapezoid having parallel bases $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{CD}$ with $AB>CD.$ Line segments from a point inside $ABCD$ to the vertices divide the trapezoid into four triangles whose areas are $2, 3, 4,$ and $5$ starting with the triangle with base $\overline{CD}$ and moving clockwise as shown in the diagram below. What is the ratio $\frac{AB}{CD}?$

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$\textbf{(A)}\: 3\qquad\textbf{(B)}\: 2+\sqrt{2}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\: 1+\sqrt{6}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\: 2\sqrt{3}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\: 3\sqrt{2}$

## Solution

Without the loss of generality, let $\mathcal T$ have vertices $A$, $B$, $C$, and $D$, with $AB = r$ and $CD = s$. Also denote by $P$ the point in the interior of $\mathcal T$.

Let $X$ and $Y$ be the feet of the perpendiculars from $P$ to $AB$ and $CD$, respectively. Observe that $PX = \tfrac 8r$ and $PY = \tfrac 4s$. Now using the formula for the area of a trapezoid yields $$14 = \frac12\cdot XY\cdot (AB+CD) = \frac12\left(\frac 8r + \frac 4s\right)(r+s) = 6 + 2\cdot\frac rs + 4\cdot\frac sr.$$ Thus, the ratio $\rho := \tfrac rs$ satisfies $\rho + 2\rho^{-1} = 4$; solving yields $\rho = \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\: 2+\sqrt{2}}$.

(Observe that the given areas of $3$ and $5$ are irrelevant to the ratio $\frac{AB}{CD}$.)

## Solution 2

Let $b_1$ be the bottom base, $b_2$ be the top base, $h_1$ be the height of the bottom triangle, $h_2$ be the height of the top triangle. Thus, $b_1h_1 = 8, b_2h_2 = 4, (b_1+b_2)(h_1+h_2) = 28,$ so $b_1h_2 + b_2h_1 = 16.$ Let $b_2 = 1, h_2 = 4,$ so we get $b_1h_1 = 8, 4b_1+h_1 = 16.$ This gives us a quadratic in $b_1,$ ie. $4b_1^2+8=16b_1,$ so $b_1 = \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\: 2+\sqrt{2}}.$

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