# Difference between revisions of "2015 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 6"

## Problem

In $\bigtriangleup ABC$, $AB=BC=29$, and $AC=42$. What is the area of $\bigtriangleup ABC$? $\textbf{(A) }100\qquad\textbf{(B) }420\qquad\textbf{(C) }500\qquad\textbf{(D) }609\qquad \textbf{(E) }701$

## Solutions

### Solution 1

We know the semi-perimeter of $\triangle ABC$ is $\frac{29+29+42}{2}=50$. Next, we use Heron's Formula to find that the area of the triangle is just $\sqrt{50(50-29)^2(50-42)}=\sqrt{50 \cdot 21^2 \cdot 8}=\boxed{\textbf{(B) }420}$.

### Solution 2

Splitting the isosceles triangle in half, we get a right triangle with hypotenuse $29$ and leg $21$. Using the Pythagorean Theorem , we know the height is $\sqrt{29^2-21^2}=20$. Now that we know the height, the area is $\dfrac{(20)(42)}{2} = \boxed{\textbf{(B)}~420}$.

## See Also

 2015 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 5 Followed byProblem 7 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AJHSME/AMC 8 Problems and Solutions

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