2008 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 25

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Problem 25

Let $ABCD$ be a trapezoid with $AB||CD, AB=11, BC=5, CD=19,$ and $DA=7$. Bisectors of $\angle A$ and $\angle D$ meet at $P$, and bisectors of $\angle B$ and $\angle C$ meet at $Q$. What is the area of hexagon $ABQCDP$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 28\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 30\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 32\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 35\sqrt{3}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 36\sqrt{3}$


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Note: In the image AB and CD have been swapped from their given lengths in the problem. However, this doesn't affect any of the solving.

Drop perpendiculars to $CD$ from $A$ and $B$, and call the intersections $X,Y$ respectively. Now, $DA^2-BC^2=(7-5)(7+5)=DX^2-CY^2$ and $DX+CY=19-11=8$. Thus, $DX-CY=3$. We conclude $DX=\frac{11}{2}$ and $CY=\frac{5}{2}$. To simplify things even more, notice that $90^{\circ}=\frac{\angle D+\angle A}{2}=180^{\circ}-\angle APD$, so $\angle P=\angle Q=90^{\circ}$.

Also, \[\sin(\angle PAD)=\sin(\frac12\angle XDA)=\sqrt{\frac{1-\cos(\angle XDA)}{2}}=\sqrt{\frac{3}{28}}\] So the area of $\triangle APD$ is: \[R\cdot c\sin a\sin b =\frac{7\cdot7}{2}\sqrt{\frac{3}{28}}\sqrt{1-\frac{3}{28}}=\frac{35}{8}\sqrt{3}\]

Over to the other side: $\triangle BCY$ is $30-60-90$, and is therefore congruent to $\triangle BCQ$. So $[BCQ]=\frac{5\cdot5\sqrt{3}}{8}$.

The area of the hexagon is clearly $[ABCD]-([BCQ]+[APD])$\[=\frac{15\cdot5\sqrt{3}}{2}-\frac{60\sqrt{3}}{8}=30\sqrt{3}\implies\boxed{B}\]

Alternate Solution

2008 AMC 12B 25 II.JPG

Let $AP$ and $BQ$ meet $CD$ at $X$ and $Y$, respectively.

Since $\angle APD=90^{\circ}$, $\angle ADP=\angle XDP$, and they share $DP$, triangles $APD$ and $XPD$ are congruent.

By the same reasoning, we also have that triangles $BQC$ and $YQC$ are congruent.

Hence, we have $[ABQCDP]=[ABYX]+\frac{[ABCD]-[ABYX]}{2}=\frac{[ABCD]+[ABYX]}{2}$.

If we let the height of the trapezoid be $x$, we have $[ABQCDP]=\frac{\frac{11+19}{2}\cdot x+\frac{11+7}{2}\cdot x}{2}=12x$.

Thusly, if we find the height of the trapezoid and multiply it by 12, we will be done.

Let the projections of $A$ and $B$ to $CD$ be $A'$ and $B'$, respectively.

We have $DA'+CB'=19-11=8$, $DA'=\sqrt{DA^2-AA'^2}=\sqrt{49-x^2}$, and $CB'=\sqrt{CB^2-BB'^2}=\sqrt{25-x^2}$.

Therefore, $\sqrt{49-x^2}+\sqrt{25-x^2}=8$. Solving this, we easily get that $x=\frac{5\sqrt{3}}{2}$.

Multiplying this by 12, we find that the area of hexagon $ABQCDP$ is $30\sqrt{3}$, which corresponds to answer choice $\boxed{B}$.

Solution 3

[asy] unitsize(0.6cm); import olympiad; pair A,B,C,D,P,Q,M,N,W,X,Y,Z; A=(11/2,5sqrt(3)/2); B=(33/2,5sqrt(3)/2); C=(19,0); D=(0,0); P=incenter(A,D,(99999,5sqrt(3)/4)); Q=incenter(B,C,(-99999,5sqrt(3)/4)); W=P+(0,5sqrt(3)/4); X=P-(0,5sqrt(3)/4); Y=Q+(0,5sqrt(3)/4); Z=Q-(0,5sqrt(3)/4); M=reflect(A,P)*W; N=reflect(B,Q)*Y; draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(A--P--D); draw(B--Q--C); label("$A$",A,dir(135)); label("$B$",B,dir(45)); label("$C$",C,dir(315)); label("$D$",D,dir(225)); dot("$P$",P,dir(0)); dot("$Q$",Q,dir(180)); draw(W--X); draw(Y--Z); draw(M--P); draw(N--Q); label("$11$",midpoint(A--B),dir(90)); label("$5$",midpoint(B--C),dir(45)); label("$19$",midpoint(C--D),dir(270)); label("$7$",midpoint(D--A),dir(135)); label("$x$",midpoint(P--W),dir(0)); label("$x$",midpoint(P--X),dir(0)); label("$x$",midpoint(P--M),dir(225)); label("$x$",midpoint(Q--Y),dir(180)); label("$x$",midpoint(Q--Z),dir(180)); label("$x$",midpoint(Q--N),dir(315)); draw(rightanglemark(P,W,B,12.5)); draw(rightanglemark(P,X,C,12.5)); draw(rightanglemark(P,M,D,12.5)); draw(rightanglemark(Q,Y,A,12.5)); draw(rightanglemark(Q,Z,D,12.5)); draw(rightanglemark(Q,N,C,12.5)); [/asy]

Since point $P$ is the intersection of the angle bisectors of $\angle A$ and $\angle D$, $P$ is equidistant from $\overline{AB}$, $\overline{AD}$, and $\overline{CD}$. Likewise, point $Q$ is equidistant from $\overline{AB}$, $\overline{BC}$, and $\overline{CD}$. Because both points $P$ and $Q$ are equidistant from $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{CD}$ and the distance between $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{CD}$ is constant, the common distances from each of the points to the mentioned segments is equal for $P$ and $Q$. Call this distance $x$.

The distance between a point and a line is the length of the segment perpendicular to the line with one endpoint on the line and the other on the point. This means the altitude from $P$ to $\overline{AD}$ is $x$, so the area of $\triangle ADP$ is equal to $\frac12\cdot AD\cdot x=\frac72x$. Similarly, the area of $\triangle BCQ$ is $\frac12\cdot BC\cdot x=\frac52x$. The altitude of the trapezoid is $2x$, because it is the sum of the distances from either $P$ or $Q$ to $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{CD}$. This means the area of trapezoid $ABCD$ is $\frac12(AB+CD)\cdot2x=\frac12(11+19)\cdot2x=30x$. Now, the area of hexagon $ABQCDP$ is the area of trapezoid $ABCD$, minus the areas of triangles $ADP$ and $BCQ$. This is $30x-\frac72x-\frac52x=24x$. Now it remains to find $x$.

[asy] unitsize(0.6cm); import olympiad; pair A,B,C,D,R,S; A=(11/2,5sqrt(3)/2); B=(33/2,5sqrt(3)/2); C=(19,0); D=(0,0); R=(11/2,0); S=(33/2,0); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(A--R); draw(B--S); label("$A$",A,dir(135)); label("$B$",B,dir(45)); label("$C$",C,dir(315)); label("$D$",D,dir(225)); label("$R$",R,dir(270)); label("$S$",S,dir(270)); label("$11$",midpoint(A--B),dir(90)); label("$5$",midpoint(B--C),dir(45)); label("$11$",midpoint(R--S),dir(270)); label("$7$",midpoint(D--A),dir(135)); label("$r$",midpoint(R--D),dir(270)); label("$s$",midpoint(C--S),dir(270)); label("$19$",midpoint(C--D),5*dir(270)); label("$2x$",midpoint(A--R),dir(0)); label("$2x$",midpoint(B--S),dir(180)); draw(rightanglemark(A,R,D,15)); draw(rightanglemark(B,S,C,15)); [/asy]

We let $R$ and $S$ be the feet of the altitudes of $A$ and $B$, respectively, to $\overline{CD}$. We define $r=RD$ and $s=SC$. We know that $AB=RS$, so $RS=11$ and $r+s=19-11=8$. By the Pythagorean Theorem on $\triangle ADR$ and $\triangle BCS$, we get $r^2+(2x)^2=7^2$ and $s^2+(2x)^2=5^2$, respectively. Subtracting the second equation from the first gives us $r^2-s^2=49-25=24$. The left hand side of this equation is a difference of squares and factors to $(r+s)(r-s)$. We know that $r+s=8$, so $r-s=\frac{24}8=3$. Now we can solve for $r$ by adding the two equations we just got to see that $2r=11$, or $r=\frac{11}2$.

We now solve for $x$. We know that $r^2+(2x)^2=49$, so $(2x)^2=49-\left(\frac{11}2\right)^2=\frac{75}4$ and $2x=\frac{5\sqrt3}2$. We multiply both sides of this equation by $12$ to get $24x=30\sqrt3$. However, the area of hexagon $ABQCDP$ is $24x$, so the answer is $30\sqrt 3$, or answer choice $\boxed{B}$.

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