2016 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 22
Rectangle below is a rectangle with . What is the area of the "bat wings" (shaded area)?
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[SOMEBODY PROVE THIS], 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 Shoelace Formula(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoelace_formula), 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