2020 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 20
Quadrilateral satisfies and Diagonals and intersect at point and What is the area of quadrilateral
It's crucial to draw a good diagram for this one. Since and , we get . Now we need to find to get the area of the whole quadrilateral. Drop an altitude from to and call the point of intersection . Let . Since , then . By dropping this altitude, we can also see two similar triangles, and . Since is , and , we get that . Now, if we redraw another diagram just of , we get that . Now expanding, simplifying, and dividing by the GCF, we get . This factors to . Since lengths cannot be negative, . Since , . So
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Solution 2 (Pro Guessing Strats)
We know that the big triangle has area 300. Use the answer choices which would mean that the area of the little triangle is a multiple of 10. Thus the product of the legs is a multiple of 20. Guess that the legs are equal to and , and because the hypotenuse is 20 we get . Testing small numbers, we get that when and , is indeed a square. The area of the triangle is thus 60, so the answer is .
Solution 3 (coordinates)
Let the points be , , , ,and , respectively. Since lies on line , we know that . Furthermore, since , lies on the circle with diameter , so . Solving for and with these equations, we get the solutions and . We immediately discard the solution as should be negative. Thus, we conclude that .
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