1984 AIME Problems/Problem 3
Problem
A point is chosen in the interior of such that when lines are drawn through parallel to the sides of , the resulting smaller triangles , , and in the figure, have areas , , and , respectively. Find the area of .
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Solution
Notice that all four triangles are similar to each other. Also, note that the length of any one side of the larger triangle is equation to the sum of the sides of each of the corresponding sides on the smaller triangles. Since the squares of the lengths of the sides are in proportion with the area, we can write the lengths of corresponding sides of the triangle as . Thus, the corresponding side on the large triangle is , and the area of the triangle is .
See also
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