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If B is the midpoint of AC, what is the length of BE?

As angle E=Angle D then BE||CD. Now as B is the midpoint of AC and BE||CD then BE becomes a midsegment (a line segment joining the midpoints of two sides of a triangle). The property of midsegemnt: the midsegment is always half the length of the third side. So 2BE=CD.

(1) <BAE = 60 degrees --> triangles BAE and CAD are 30-60-90 triangles where BE is a midsegment. We know only angles but not the lengths, so can not find BE. Not sufficient.

(2) CD = \(\sqrt{12}\) --> as 2BE=CD then \(BE=\frac{CD}{2}=\sqrt{3}\). Sufficient.

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