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# 2005 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 25

## Problem

In $ABC$ we have $AB = 25$, $BC = 39$, and $AC=42$. Points $D$ and $E$ are on $AB$ and $AC$ respectively, with $AD = 19$ and $AE = 14$. What is the ratio of the area of triangle $ADE$ to the area of the quadrilateral $BCED$?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{266}{1521}\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{19}{75}\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{1}{3}\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{19}{56}\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 1$

## Solution 1(no trig)

We have that $$\frac{[ADE]}{[ABC]} = \frac{AD}{AB} \cdot \frac{AE}{AC} = \frac{19}{25} \cdot \frac{14}{42} = \frac{19}{75}.$$

$[asy] unitsize(0.15 cm); pair A, B, C, D, E; A = (191/39,28*sqrt(1166)/39); B = (0,0); C = (39,0); D = (6*A + 19*B)/25; E = (28*A + 14*C)/42; draw(A--B--C--cycle); draw(D--E); label("A", A, N); label("B", B, SW); label("C", C, SE); label("D", D, W); label("E", E, NE); label("19", (A + D)/2, W); label("6", (B + D)/2, W); label("14", (A + E)/2, NE); label("28", (C + E)/2, NE); [/asy]$

But $[BCED] = [ABC] - [ADE]$, so \begin{align*} \frac{[ADE]}{[BCED]} &= \frac{[ADE]}{[ABC] - [ADE]} \\ &= \frac{1}{[ABC]/[ADE] - 1} \\ &= \frac{1}{75/19 - 1} \\ &= \boxed{\frac{19}{56}\Longrightarrow D}. \end{align*}

## Solution 2(no trig)

We can let [ADE]=x. Since EC=$2\cdotEC$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.), [DEC]=2x. So, [ADC]=3x. This means that [BDC]=\$\frac{6}{19}\cdot3x=\frac{18x}{19}. Thus, $$\frac{[ADE]}{[BCED]} = \frac{x}{\frac{18x}{19}+2x}= \boxed{\frac{19}{56}\Longrightarrow D}.$$

## Solution (trig)

The area of a triangle is $\frac{1}{2}bc\sin A$.

Using this formula:

$[ADE]=\frac{1}{2}\cdot19\cdot14\cdot\sin A = 133\sin A$

$[ABC]=\frac{1}{2}\cdot25\cdot42\cdot\sin A = 525\sin A$

Since the area of $BCED$ is equal to the area of $ABC$ minus the area of $ADE$,

$[BCED] = 525\sin A - 133\sin A = 392\sin A$.

Therefore, the desired ratio is $\frac{133\sin A}{392\sin A}=\frac{19}{56}\Longrightarrow \mathrm{(D)}$

Note: $BC=39$ was not used in this problem