2016 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 22
Rectangle below is a rectangle with . What is the area of the "bat wings" (shaded area)?
Draw G in between B and C Draw H, J, K beneath C, G, B respectively . Let us take a look at rectangle CDEH. I have labeled E' for convenience. We can clearly see that CEE' has the area of CDEH because it has half the base and the same height. Similarly, the shaded regions in CGJH, BGJK, and ABKF all have the area of their rectangle. So, the total shaded region is just the area of the total region, or , or
The area of trapezoid is . Next, we find the height of each triangle to calculate their area. The triangles are similar, and are in a ratio by AA similarity (alternate interior and vertical angles) so the height of the larger one is while the height of the smaller one is Thus, their areas are and . Subtracting these areas from the trapezoid, we get . Therefore, the answer to this problem is
Now, we easily discover that line has lattice coordinates at and . Hence, the slope of line
Plugging in the rest of the coordinate points, we find that line
Doing the same process to line , we find that line .
Hence, setting them equal to find the intersection point...
Hence, we find that the intersection point is . Call it Z.
Now, we can see that
Using the well known [url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoelace_formula]Shoelace Formula[/url], we find that the area of one of those small shaded triangles is .
Now because there are two of them, we multiple that area by to get
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