2020 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 12
Triangle is isoceles with . Medians and are perpendicular to each other, and . What is the area of
Since quadrilateral has perpendicular diagonals, its area can be found as half of the product of the length of the diagonals. Also note that has the area of triangle by similarity, so Thus,
Solution 2 (Trapezoid)
We know that , and since the ratios of its sides are , the ratio of of their areas is .
If is the area of , then trapezoid is the area of .
Let's call the intersection of and . Let . Then . Since , and are heights of triangles and , respectively. Both of these triangles have base .
Adding these two gives us the area of trapezoid , which is .
This is of the triangle, so the area of the triangle is ~quacker88, diagram by programjames1
Solution 3 (Medians)
Draw median .
Since we know that all medians of a triangle intersect at the incenter, we know that passes through point . We also know that medians of a triangle divide each other into segments of ratio . Knowing this, we can see that , and since the two segments sum to , and are and , respectively.
Finally knowing that the medians divide the triangle into sections of equal area, finding the area of is enough. .
The area of . Multiplying this by gives us
Solution 4 (Triangles)
We know that , , so .
As , we can see that and with a side ratio of .
So , .
With that, we can see that , and the area of trapezoid is 72.
As said in solution 1, .
-QuadraticFunctions, solution 1 by ???
Solution 5 (Bashy)
It is well known that medians divide each other into segments of ratio. From this, we have and . From right triangle , , which implies . Then the area of is , so our goal is to find .
Note that . Since is isosceles, by symmetry , because is the altitude. Knowing this, is the median to hypotenuse of triangle , which means . Since , .
Now we find . Note . (K is the intersection of the diagonals of quadrilateral ). From right triangle , we have by the Pythagorean Theorem. By symmetry, is the median to hypotenuse , which means . This trivially means .
Notice quadrilateral is a kite, which means is right(the diagonals are perpendicular). By the Pythagorean Theorem, . Since is a median, . From right triangle , , which means , and thus .
From our previous equation , we thus have so . We also know , so .
Recall that . By the area formula,
Solution 6 (Drawing)
(NOT recommended) Transfer the given diagram, which happens to be to scale, onto a piece of a graph paper. Counting the boxes should give a reliable result since the answer choices are relatively far apart. -Lingjun
Given a triangle with perpendicular medians with lengths and , the area will be .
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