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(New page: Draw isoceles trapezoid ABCD. Draw diagonals intersecting at K. Obviously, AKD is congruent to BKC. Likelywise, AKB is similar to CKD. Call the altitude to base AB of triangle AKB 3x and t...)
 
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Draw isoceles trapezoid ABCD. Draw diagonals intersecting at K. Obviously, AKD is congruent to BKC. Likelywise, AKB is similar to CKD. Call the altitude to base AB of triangle AKB 3x and the altitude to base CD of triangle CKD 4x. Now the area of the trapezoid is the sum of areas AKB, CKD, AKD, and BKC which equals . Now take isosceles trapezoid ABCD again. Drop altitudes to the base CD from point A and point B to get a rectangle and two triangles. The area of the rectangle is  and the area of the two triangles is  as the lengths of the legs are 1.5 and 7x. So now you have  and simple arithmetic gives you . .
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