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− | If it works for a parallelogram <math>ABCD</math>, it should also work for a unit square, with <math>A(0, 0), B(0, 1), C(1, 1), D(1, 0)</math>. We are given that <math>E</math> is the midpoint of <math>BD</math>, so <math>E(0.5, 0.5)</math>. If <math>F</math> is on <math>DA</math>, then <math>F(x, 0)</math>. We note that <math>DF = 1-x</math> and <math>DA = 1</math>, so <math> | + | If it works for a parallelogram <math>ABCD</math>, it should also work for a unit square, with <math>A(0, 0), B(0, 1), C(1, 1), D(1, 0)</math>. We are given that <math>E</math> is the midpoint of <math>BD</math>, so <math>E(0.5, 0.5)</math>. If <math>F</math> is on <math>DA</math>, then <math>F(x, 0)</math>. We note that <math>DF = 1-x</math> and <math>DA = 1</math>, so <math>DF = \frac{1}{3}DA</math> means <math>1-x = \frac{1}{3}</math>, or <math>x = \frac{2}{3}</math>, and hence <math>F(\frac{2}{3}, 0)</math>. |
We note that <math>\triangle DFE</math> has a base <math>DF</math> that is <math>\frac{1}{3}</math> and an altitude from <math>E</math> to <math>DF</math> that is <math>\frac{1}{2}</math>. Therefore, <math>[DEF] = \frac{1}{2}bh = \frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{1}{3} \cdot \frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{12}</math>. | We note that <math>\triangle DFE</math> has a base <math>DF</math> that is <math>\frac{1}{3}</math> and an altitude from <math>E</math> to <math>DF</math> that is <math>\frac{1}{2}</math>. Therefore, <math>[DEF] = \frac{1}{2}bh = \frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{1}{3} \cdot \frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{12}</math>. |
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Problem
Given parallelogram with the midpoint of diagonal . Point is connected to a point in so that . What is the ratio of the area of to the area of quadrilateral ?
Solution
If it works for a parallelogram , it should also work for a unit square, with . We are given that is the midpoint of , so . If is on , then . We note that and , so means , or , and hence .
We note that has a base that is and an altitude from to that is . Therefore, .
Quadrilateral can be split into and . The first triangle is of the unit square cut diagonally, so . The second triangle has base that is and height to that is . Therefore, .
The entire quadrilateral has area . This is times larger than the area if , so the ratio is , or .
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