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Triangle Problem | AMC 10B, 2013 | Problem 16

Try this beautiful problem from Geometry from AMC-10B, 2013, Problem-16, based on triangle

Triangle | AMC-10B, 2013 | Problem 16

In triangle \(ABC\), medians \(AD\) and \(CE\) intersect at \(P\), \(PE=1.5\), \(PD=2\), and \(DE=2.5\). What is the area of \(AEDC\)?

  • \(12\)
  • \(13.5\)
  • \(15.5\)

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AMC-10B, 2013 problem 16

Pre College Mathematics

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Triangle Problem - shaded

We have to find out the area of AEDC which is divided in four triangles i.e\(\triangle APC\),\(\triangle APE\), \(\triangle PED\), \(\triangle CPD\)

Now if we find out area of four triangle then we can find out the required area AEDC. Now in the question they supply the information only one triangle i.e \(\triangle PED\) such that \(PE=1.5\), \(PD=2\), and \(DE=2.5\) .If we look very carefully the given lengths of the \(\triangle PED\) then \(( 1.5 )^2 +(2)^2=(2.5)^2\) \(\Rightarrow\) \( (PE)^2 +(PD)^2=(DE)^2\) i,e \(\triangle PED\) is a right angle triangle and \(\angle DEP =90^{\circ}\) .so we can easily find out the area of the \(\triangle PED\) using formula \(\frac{1}{2} \times base \times height\) . To find out the area of other three triangles, we must need the lengths of the sides.can you find out the length of the sides of other three triangles...

Can you now finish the problem ..........

Triangle Problem

To find out the lengths of the sides of other three triangles:

Given that AD and CD are the medians of the given triangle and they intersects at the point P. .we know the fact that the centroid ($P$) divides each median in a $2:1$ ratio .Therefore AP:PD =2:1 & CP:PE=2:1. Now \(PE=1.5\) and \(PD=2\) .Therefore AP=4 and CP=3.

And also the angles i.e (\(\angle APC ,\angle CPD, \angle APE \)) are all right angles as \(\angle DPE= 90^{\circ}\)

can you finish the problem........

Triangle Problem

Area of four triangles :

Area of the \(\triangle APC\) =\(\frac{1}{2} \times base \times height\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times AP \times PC\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times 4 \times 3\) =6

Area of the \(\triangle DPC\) =\(\frac{1}{2} \times base \times height\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times CP \times PD\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times 3 \times 2\) =3

Area of the \(\triangle PDE\) =\(\frac{1}{2} \times base \times height\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times PD \times DE\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times 2 \times 1.5 \)=1.5

Area of the \(\triangle APE\) =\(\frac{1}{2} \times base \times height\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times AP \times PE\) = \(\frac{1}{2} \times 4 \times 1.5 =6 \)

Total area of ACDE=area of (\(\triangle APC\)+\(\triangle APE\)+ \(\triangle PED\)+ \(\triangle CPD\))=\((6+3+1.5+6)=17.5\) sq.unit

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