2008 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 24

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Quadrilateral $ABCD$ has $AB = BC = CD$, angle $ABC = 70$ and angle $BCD = 170$. What is the measure of angle $BAD$?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 75\qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 80\qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 85\qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 90\qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 95$


Solution 1

Draw the angle bisectors of the angles $ABC$ and $BCD$. These two bisectors obviously intersect. Let their intersection be $P$. We will now prove that $P$ lies on the segment $AD$.

Note that the triangles $ABP$ and $CBP$ are congruent, as they share the side $BP$, and we have $AB=BC$ and $\angle ABP = \angle CBP$.

Also note that for similar reasons the triangles $CBP$ and $CDP$ are congruent.

Now we can compute their inner angles. $BP$ is the bisector of the angle $ABC$, hence $\angle ABP = \angle CBP = 35^\circ$, and thus also $\angle CDP = 35^\circ$. (Faster Solution picks up here) $CP$ is the bisector of the angle $BCD$, hence $\angle BCP = \angle DCP = 85^\circ$, and thus also $\angle BAP = 85^\circ$.

It follows that $\angle APB = \angle BPC = \angle CPD = 180^\circ - 35^\circ - 85^\circ = 60^\circ$. Thus the angle $APD$ has $180^\circ$, and hence $P$ does indeed lie on $AD$. Then obviously $\angle BAD = \angle BAP = \boxed{ 85^\circ }$.

[asy] unitsize(1cm); defaultpen(.8); real a=4; pair A=(0,0), B=a*dir(0), C=B+a*dir(110), D=C+a*dir(120); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); pair P1=B+3*a*dir(145), P2=C+3*a*dir(205); pair P=intersectionpoint(B--P1,C--P2); draw(B--P--C); label("$A$",A,SW); label("$B$",B,SE); label("$C$",C,NE); label("$D$",D,N); label("$P$",P,W);  label("$35^\circ$",B + dir(180-17.5)); label("$35^\circ$",B + dir(180-35-17.5));  label("$85^\circ$",C + .5*dir(120+42.5)); label("$85^\circ$",C + .5*dir(120+85+42.5)); [/asy]

Faster Solution: Because we now know three angles, we can subtract to get $360 - 35 - 85 - 85 - 35 - 35$, or $\boxed{85}$.

Solution 2

Draw the diagonals $\overline{BD}$ and $\overline{AC}$, and suppose that they intersect at $E$. Then, $\triangle ABC$ and $\triangle BCD$ are both isosceles, so by angle-chasing, we find that $\angle BAC = 55^{\circ}$, $\angle CBD = 5^{\circ}$, and $\angle BEA = 180 - \angle EBA - \angle BAE = 60^{\circ}$. Draw $E'$ such that $EE'B = 60^{\circ}$ and so that $E'$ is on $\overline{AE}$, and draw $E''$ such that $\angle EE''C = 60^{\circ}$ and $E''$ is on $\overline{DE}$. It follows that $\triangle BEE'$ and $\triangle CEE''$ are both equilateral. Also, it is easy to see that $\triangle BEC \cong \triangle DE''C$ and $\triangle BCE \cong \triangle BAE'$ by construction, so that $DE'' = BE = EE'$ and $EE'' = CE = E'A$. Thus, $AE = AE' + E'E = EE'' + DE'' = DE$, so $\triangle ADE$ is isosceles. Since $\angle AED = 120^{\circ}$, then $\angle DAC = \frac{180 - 120}{2} = 30^{\circ}$, and $\angle BAD = 30 + 55 = 85^{\circ}$. [asy] import graph; size(6.73cm); real lsf=0; pen dps=linewidth(0.7)+fontsize(10); defaultpen(dps); pen ds=black; real xmin=-0.237,xmax=2.492,ymin=-0.16,ymax=1.947;  pen evefev=rgb(0.898,0.937,0.898), qqwuqq=rgb(0,0.392,0);  filldraw(arc((1,0),0.141,115,175)--(1,0)--cycle,evefev,qqwuqq); filldraw(arc((0.658,0.94),0.051,175,235)--(0.658,0.94)--cycle,evefev,qqwuqq); draw((0,0)--(1,0)); draw((1,0)--(0.658,0.94)); draw((0.658,0.94)--(0.158,1.806)); draw((0.158,1.806)--(0,0)); draw((0,0)--(0.658,0.94)); draw((0.158,1.806)--(1,0)); draw((0.058,0.082)--(1,0)); draw((0.558,0.948)--(0.658,0.94));  dot((0,0),ds); label("$A$",(-0.096,0.005),NE*lsf); dot((1,0),ds); label("$B$",(1.117,0.028),NE*lsf); dot((0.658,0.94),ds); label("$C$",(0.727,0.996),NE*lsf); dot((0.158,1.806),ds); label("$D$",(0.187,1.914),NE*lsf); dot((0.6,0.857),ds); label("$E$",(0.479,0.825),NE*lsf); dot((0.058,0.082),ds); label("$E'$",(0.1,0.23),NE*lsf); label("$60^\circ$",(0.767,0.091),NE*lsf,qqwuqq); dot((0.558,0.948),ds); label("$E''$",(0.423,0.957),NE*lsf); label("$60^\circ$",(0.761,0.886),NE*lsf,qqwuqq);  clip((xmin,ymin)--(xmin,ymax)--(xmax,ymax)--(xmax,ymin)--cycle);  [/asy]

Solution 3

Again, draw the diagonals $\overline{BD}$ and $\overline{AC}$, and suppose that they intersect at $E$. We find by angle chasing the same way as in solution 2 that $m\angle ABE = 65^\circ$ and $m\angle DCE = 115^\circ$. Applying the Law of Sines to $\triangle AEB$ and $\triangle EDC$, it follows that $DE = \frac{2\sin 115^\circ}{\sin \angle DEC} = \frac{2\sin 65^\circ}{\sin \angle AEB} = EA$, so $\triangle AED$ is isosceles. We finish as we did in solution 2.

[asy] unitsize(1cm); defaultpen(.8); real a=4; pair A=(0,0), B=a*dir(0), C=B+a*dir(110), D=C+a*dir(120); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); pair P=intersectionpoint(B--D,C--A); draw(A--C); draw(B--D); label("$A$",A,SW); label("$B$",B,SE); label("$C$",C,NE); label("$D$",D,N); label("$E$",P,W); [/asy]

Solution 4

Start off with the same diagram as solution 1. Now draw $\overline{CA}$ which creates isosceles $\triangle CAB$. We know that the angle bisector of an isosceles triangle splits it in half, we can extrapolate this further to see that it's is $\boxed{85}.$

Solution 5

Just draw a very accurate diagram with a ruler and protractor and boom.

See also

2008 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 23
Followed by
Problem 25
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