2004 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 18
Contents
Problem
In the right triangle , we have , , and . Points , , and are located on , , and , respectively, so that , , and . What is the ratio of the area of to that of ?
Solution 1
Let . Because is divided into four triangles, .
Because of triangle area, .
and , so .
, so .
Solution 2
First of all, note that , and therefore .
Draw the height from onto as in the picture below:
Now consider the area of . Clearly the triangles and are similar, as they have all angles equal. Their ratio is , hence . Now the area of can be computed as = .
Similarly we can find that as well.
Hence , and the answer is .
See also
2004 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 17 |
Followed by Problem 19 | |
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 | ||
All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
The problems on this page are copyrighted by the Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics Competitions.