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− | Without loss of generality, let the side length of <math>ABCD</math> be 1. Let <math>DE = x</math> and <math>AE = 1 - x</math>. Then triangles <math>ABE</math> and <math>CBF</math> are | + | Without loss of generality, let the side length of <math>ABCD</math> be 1. Let <math>DE = x</math> and <math>AE = 1 - x</math>. Then triangles <math>ABE</math> and <math>CBF</math> are congruent by HL, so <math>CF = AE</math> and <math>DE = DF</math>. We find that <math>BE = EF = x \sqrt{2}</math>, and so, by the Pythagorean Theorem, we have |
<math>(1 - x)^2 + 1 = 2x^2.</math> This yields <math>x^2 + 2x = 2</math>, so <math>x^2 = 2 - 2x</math>. Thus, the desired ratio of areas is | <math>(1 - x)^2 + 1 = 2x^2.</math> This yields <math>x^2 + 2x = 2</math>, so <math>x^2 = 2 - 2x</math>. Thus, the desired ratio of areas is | ||
<cmath>\frac{\frac{x^2}{2}}{\frac{1-x}{2}} = \frac{x^2}{1 - x} = 2.</cmath> | <cmath>\frac{\frac{x^2}{2}}{\frac{1-x}{2}} = \frac{x^2}{1 - x} = 2.</cmath> |
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Problem
Points and are located on square so that is equilateral. What is the ratio of the area of to that of ?
Solution
Since triangle is equilateral, , and and are congruent. Thus, triangle is an isosceles right triangle. So we let . Thus . If we go angle chasing, we find out that , thus . . Thus , or . Thus , and , and . Thus the ratio of the areas is
Solution 2 (Non-trig)
Without loss of generality, let the side length of be 1. Let and . Then triangles and are congruent by HL, so and . We find that , and so, by the Pythagorean Theorem, we have This yields , so . Thus, the desired ratio of areas is
See also
2004 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 21 | |
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