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The area of a triangle can be given by <math>\frac12 ab \sin C</math>. <math>MC=1</math> because it is the midpoint of a side, and <math>CD=2</math> because it is the same length as <math>BC</math>. Each angle of an equilateral triangle is <math>60^\circ</math> so <math>\angle MCD = 120^\circ</math>. The area is <math>\frac12 (1)(2) \sin | The area of a triangle can be given by <math>\frac12 ab \sin C</math>. <math>MC=1</math> because it is the midpoint of a side, and <math>CD=2</math> because it is the same length as <math>BC</math>. Each angle of an equilateral triangle is <math>60^\circ</math> so <math>\angle MCD = 120^\circ</math>. The area is <math>\frac12 (1)(2) \sin | ||
120^\circ = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}}</math>. | 120^\circ = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}}</math>. | ||
− | + | Note: Even if you don't know the value of <math>\sin 120^\circ</math>, you can use the fact that <math>\sin x = \sin 180^\circ - x</math>, so <math>\sin 120^\circ = \sin 60^\circ</math>. | |
+ | You can easily calculate <math>\sin 60^\circ</math> to be <math>\frac{\sqrt3}{2}</math> using equilateral triangles. | ||
===Solution 2=== | ===Solution 2=== | ||
In order to calculate the area of <math>\triangle CDM</math>, we can use the formula <math>A=\dfrac{1}{2}bh</math>, where <math>\overline{CD}</math> is the base. We already know that <math>\overline{CD}=2</math>, so the formula now becomes <math>A=h</math>. We can drop verticals down from <math>A</math> and <math>M</math> to points <math>E</math> and <math>F</math>, respectively. We can see that <math>\triangle AEC \sim \triangle MFC</math>. Now, we establish the relationship that <math>\dfrac{AE}{MF}=\dfrac{AC}{MC}</math>. We are given that <math>\overline{AC}=2</math>, and <math>M</math> is the midpoint of <math>\overline{AC}</math>, so <math>\overline{MC}=1</math>. Because <math>\triangle AEB</math> is a <math>30-60-90</math> triangle and the ratio of the sides opposite the angles are <math>1-\sqrt{3}-2</math> <math>\overline{AE}</math> is <math>\sqrt{3}</math>. Plugging those numbers in, we have <math>\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{MF}=\dfrac{2}{1}</math>. Cross-multiplying, we see that <math>2\times\overline{MF}=\sqrt{3}\times1\implies \overline{MF}=\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}</math> Since <math>\overline{MF}</math> is the height <math>\triangle CDM</math>, the area is <math>\boxed{\mathrm{(C)}\ \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}}</math>. | In order to calculate the area of <math>\triangle CDM</math>, we can use the formula <math>A=\dfrac{1}{2}bh</math>, where <math>\overline{CD}</math> is the base. We already know that <math>\overline{CD}=2</math>, so the formula now becomes <math>A=h</math>. We can drop verticals down from <math>A</math> and <math>M</math> to points <math>E</math> and <math>F</math>, respectively. We can see that <math>\triangle AEC \sim \triangle MFC</math>. Now, we establish the relationship that <math>\dfrac{AE}{MF}=\dfrac{AC}{MC}</math>. We are given that <math>\overline{AC}=2</math>, and <math>M</math> is the midpoint of <math>\overline{AC}</math>, so <math>\overline{MC}=1</math>. Because <math>\triangle AEB</math> is a <math>30-60-90</math> triangle and the ratio of the sides opposite the angles are <math>1-\sqrt{3}-2</math> <math>\overline{AE}</math> is <math>\sqrt{3}</math>. Plugging those numbers in, we have <math>\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{MF}=\dfrac{2}{1}</math>. Cross-multiplying, we see that <math>2\times\overline{MF}=\sqrt{3}\times1\implies \overline{MF}=\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}</math> Since <math>\overline{MF}</math> is the height <math>\triangle CDM</math>, the area is <math>\boxed{\mathrm{(C)}\ \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}}</math>. |
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Problem
Equilateral has side length , is the midpoint of , and is the midpoint of . What is the area of ?
Solution
Solution 1 (simplest)
The area of a triangle can be given by . because it is the midpoint of a side, and because it is the same length as . Each angle of an equilateral triangle is so . The area is . Note: Even if you don't know the value of , you can use the fact that , so . You can easily calculate to be using equilateral triangles.
Solution 2
In order to calculate the area of , we can use the formula , where is the base. We already know that , so the formula now becomes . We can drop verticals down from and to points and , respectively. We can see that . Now, we establish the relationship that . We are given that , and is the midpoint of , so . Because is a triangle and the ratio of the sides opposite the angles are is . Plugging those numbers in, we have . Cross-multiplying, we see that Since is the height , the area is .
Solution 3
Draw a line from to the midpoint of . Call the midpoint of . This is an equilateral triangle, since the two segments and are identical, and is 60°. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, point to is . Also, the length of is 2, since is the midpoint of . So, our final equation is , which just leaves us with .
Solution 4
Drop a vertical down from to . WLOG, let us call the point of intersection and the midpoint of , . We can observe that and are similar. By the Pythagorean theorem, is . Since we find Because is the midpoint of and Using the area formula,
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