# Difference between revisions of "2017 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 15"

## Problem

Rectangle $ABCD$ has $AB=3$ and $BC=4$. Point $E$ is the foot of the perpendicular from $B$ to diagonal $\overline{AC}$. What is the area of $\triangle AED$? $\textbf{(A)}\ 1\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \frac{42}{25}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{28}{15}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 2\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{54}{25}$

## Solution $[asy] pair A,B,C,D,E; A=(0,4); B=(3,4); C=(3,0); D=(0,0); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); label("A",A,N); label("B",B,N); label("C",C,S); label("D",D,S); E=foot(B,A,C); draw(E--B); draw(A--C); draw(rightanglemark(B,E,C)); label("E",E,N); draw(D--E); [/asy]$

First, note that $AC=5$ because $ABC$ is a right triangle. In addition, we have $AB\cdot BC=2[ABC]=AC\cdot BE$, so $BE=\frac{12}{5}$. Using similar triangles within $ABC$, we get that $AE=\frac{9}{5}$ and $CE=\frac{16}{5}$.

Let $F$ be the foot of the perpendicular from $E$ to $AB$. Since $EF$ and $BC$ are parallel, $\Delta AFE$ is similar to $\Delta ABC$. Therefore, we have $\frac{AF}{AB}=\frac{AE}{AB}=\frac{9}{25}$. Since $AB=3$, $AF=\frac{27}{25}$. Note that $AF$ is an altitude of $\Delta AED$ from $AD$, which has length $4$. Therefore, the area of $\Delta AED$ is $\frac{1}{2}\cdot\frac{27}{25}\cdot4=\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\frac{54}{25}}.$

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