2003 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 20
- The following problem is from both the 2003 AMC 12B #14 and 2003 AMC 10B #20, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
In rectangle and . Points and are on so that and . Lines and intersect at . Find the area of .
Solution 1
because The ratio of to is since and from subtraction. If we let be the height of
The height is so the area of is .
Solution 2
We can look at this diagram as if it were a coordinate plane with point being . This means that the equation of the line is and the equation of the line is . From this we can set of the follow equation to find the coordinate of point :
We can plug this into one of our original equations to find that the coordinate is , meaning the area of is
Solution 3
At points and , segment is 5 units from segment . At points and , the segments are 2 units from each other. This means that collectively, the two lines closed the distance between them by 3 units over a height of 3 units. Therefore, to close the next two units of distance, they will have to travel a height of 2 units.
Then calculate the area of trapezoid and triangle separately and add them. The area of the trapezoid is and the area of the triangle is .
Solution 4
Since then , where and are ponts on and respectivley which make the areas similar. This process can be done over and over again multiple times by the ratio of , or something like this we have to find the ratio of the areas when the sides have shrunk by length [asy] unitsize(0.6 cm);
pair A, B, C, D, E, F, G;
A = (0,0); B = (5,0); C = (5,3); D = (0,3); F = (1,3); G = (3,3); E = extension(A,F,B,G);
draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(A--E--B);
label("", A, SW); label("", B, SE); label("", C, NE); label("", D, NW); label("", E, N); label("", F, SE); label("", G, SW); label("", (D + F)/2, N); label("", (G + C)/2, N); label("", (B + C)/2, dir(0)); label("", (A + D)/2, W); label("", (A + B)/2, S); [/asy] Let be the area of the shape whose length is Now comparing the ratios of to we get By applying an infinite summation
See Also
2003 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 13 |
Followed by Problem 15 |
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2003 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 19 |
Followed by Problem 21 | |
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