# 2000 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 25

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The area of rectangle $ABCD$ is $72$. If point $A$ and the midpoints of $\overline{BC}$ and $\overline{CD}$ are joined to form a triangle, the area of that triangle is

$[asy] pair A,B,C,D; A = (0,8); B = (9,8); C = (9,0); D = (0,0); draw(A--B--C--D--A--(9,4)--(4.5,0)--cycle); label("A",A,NW); label("B",B,NE); label("C",C,SE); label("D",D,SW);[/asy]$

$\text{(A)}\ 21\qquad\text{(B)}\ 27\qquad\text{(C)}\ 30\qquad\text{(D)}\ 36\qquad\text{(E)}\ 40$