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Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry from Area of rectangle from (AMC 10 A, 2012).

Let points $A=(0,0,0), B=(1,0,0), C=(0,2,0),$ and $D=(0,0,3)$. Points $E, F, G,$ and $H$ are midpoints of line segments $\overline{B D}, \overline{A B}, \overline{A C},$ and $\overline{D C}$ respectively. What is the area of rectangle $E F G H ?$

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- $\sqrt{2}$
- $\frac{2 \sqrt{5}}{3}$
- $\frac{3 \sqrt{5}}{4}$
- $\sqrt{3}$
- $\frac{2 \sqrt{7}}{3}$

Tetrahedron

Area of rectangle

Co -ordinate geometry

Pre College Mathematics

AMC-10A, 2012, Problem 21

$\frac{3 \sqrt{5}}{4}$

We have to find out the area of the rectangle \(EFGH\). so we have to compute the co-ordinate of the points \(E\), \(F\), \(G\), \(H\) . Next we have to find out the length of the sides \(EF\), \(FG\) , \(GH\), \(EH\). Next since rectangle area will be \(EF\) \(\times FG\)

Can you solve the problem?

Now co-ordinates of the points are $E(0.5,0,1.5), F(0.5,0,0), G(0,1,0), H(0,1,1.5)$. The vector $E F$ is (0,0,-1.5) , while the vector $H G$ is also (0,0,-1.5) , meaning the two sides $E F$ and $G H$ are parallel. Similarly, the vector $F G$ is (-0.5,1,0) , while the vector $E H$ is also (-0.5,1,0) . Again, these are equal in both magnitude and direction, so $F G$ and $E H$ are parallel. Thus, figure $E F G H$ is a parallelogram.The area of the Hexagon = $(6)(0.5)(2 \sqrt{3})=6 \sqrt{3}$. But we have to find out the area area enclosed by the curve. Then add the areas of the three sectors outside the hexaqon and subtract the areas of the three sectors inside the hexagon but outside the fiqure to get the area enclosed in the curved figure

Can you solve the problem?

Taking the dot product of vector $E F$ and vector $F G$ gives $0 \cdot-0.5+0 \cdot 1+-1.5 \cdot 0=0,$ which means the two vectors are perpendicular. (Alternately, as above, note that vector $E F$ goes directly down on the z-axis, while vector $F G$ has no z-component and lie completely in the xy plane.) Thus, the figure is a parallelogram with a right angle, which makes it a rectangle.

Using the distance formula we get \(E F=\frac{3}{2} \text { and } F G=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}\)

Therefore area of the rectangle \(EFGH\)=\(EF \times GH\)=$\frac{3}{2} \cdot \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$=$\frac{3 \sqrt{5}}{4}$

- https://www.cheenta.com/surface-area-of-cube-amc-10a-2007-problem-21/
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eXbgwcNRw

What to do to shape your Career in Mathematics after 12th?

From the video below, let's learn from Dr. Ashani Dasgupta (a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin and Founder-Faculty of Cheenta) how you can shape your career in Mathematics and pursue it after 12th in India and Abroad. These are some of the key questions that we are discussing here:

- What are some of the best colleges for Mathematics that you can aim to apply for after high school?
- How can you strategically opt for less known colleges and prepare yourself for the best universities in India or Abroad for your Masters or Ph.D. Programs?
- What are the best universities for MS, MMath, and Ph.D. Programs in India?
- What topics in Mathematics are really needed to crack some great Masters or Ph.D. level entrances?
- How can you pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics outside India?
- What are the 5 ways Cheenta can help you to pursue Higher Mathematics in India and abroad?

Cheenta has taken an initiative of helping College and High School Passout Students with its "Open Seminars" and "Open for all Math Camps". These events are extremely useful for students who are really passionate for Mathematic and want to pursue their career in it.

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