Talk:2013 AMC 10B
I think there is a simpler solution for number 16.
PE = 1.5, PD = 2, and DE = 2.5. This is a right triangle because of the Pythagorean Theorem (1.5^2 + 2^2 = 2.5^2). Since PED is a right triangle, ACP, CPD, and APE must be right triangles as well.
Since we know CE and AD are medians, they bust be bisected into 2:1 ratios. Therefore, CP = 3 (because PE * 2 = 3) and AP = 4 (because PD * 2 = 4).
Now you have AP = 4, CP = 3, PD = 2, and PE = 1.5 Apply A = 1/2bh to all of these triangles and add them up. You get 13.5
Solution to problem 19
The currently uploaded solution is correct until the part where it says .
But since c=b+x but c is less than b, x has to be lower than zero, .
The root is , equal to . This is , and multiplying by the conjugate gives the answer .