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August 19, 2020

How to Pursue Mathematics after High School?

For Students who are passionate for Mathematics and want to pursue it for higher studies in India and abroad.

Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry from Trapezium  from (AMC 10 A, 2009).

Trapezium - AMC-10A, 2009- Problem 23

Convex quadrilateral $A B C D$ has $A B=9$ and $C D=12$. Diagonals $A C$ and $B D$ intersect at $E, A C=14$, and $\triangle A E D$ and $\triangle B E C$ have equal areas. What is $A E ?$

Area of trapezium


  • $11$
  • $12$
  • $13$
  • $14$
  • $6$

Key Concepts




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Pre College Mathematics

Source of the problem

AMC-10A, 2009 Problem-23

Check the answer here, but try the problem first


Try with Hints

First Hint


Given that Convex quadrilateral $A B C D$ has $A B=9$ and $C D=12$. Diagonals $A C$ and $B D$ intersect at $E, A C=14$, and $\triangle A E D$ and $\triangle B E C$ have equal areas. we have to find out the length of \(AE\).

Now if we can show that \(\triangle AEB\) and \(\triangle DEC\) are similar then we can find out \(AE\)?

Can you find out?

Second Hint

Given that area of \(\triangle AED\) and area of \(\triangle BEC\) are equal. Now area of \(\triangle ABD\) = area of \(\triangle AED\) + \(\triangle ABE\)

Area of \(\triangle ABC\) = area of \(\triangle AEB\) + \(\triangle BEC\)

Therefore area of \(\triangle ABD\)= area of \(\triangle ABC\) [as area of \(\triangle AED\) and area of \(\triangle BEC\) are equal]

Since triangles $A B D$ and $A B C$ share a base, they also have the same height and thus $\overline{A B} || \overline{C D}$ and $\triangle A E B \sim \triangle C E D$ with a ratio of 3: 4

Can you finish the problem?

Third Hint


Therefore $A E=\frac{3}{7} \times A C,$ so $A E=\frac{3}{7} \times 14=6$

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