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In the above circle AB = 4, BC = 6, AC = 5 and AD = 6. What is the length of DE?

(A) 6
(B) 7.5
(C) 8
(D) 9
(E) 10
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Re: Geometry problem [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 08:53
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In the above circle AB = 4, BC = 6, AC = 5 and AD = 6. What is the length of DE?

(A) 6
(B) 7.5
(C) 8
(D) 9
(E) 10
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As all inscribed angles that subtend the same arc are equal then <BCD=<BED (as these angles subtend the arc BD) and <CBE=<CDE (as these angles subtend the arc CE). Also <BAC=<DAE. So triangles ABC and ADE are similar: in similar triangles, corresponding sides are all in the same proportion.

So, DE/BC=AD/AB --> DE/6=6/4 --> DE=9.

Answer: D.
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Re: Geometry problem [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 20:09
Bunuel I looked at the difference between the two sides since they had to be in same proportion. So just took 6/4 AD/AB = 3/2 and since BC=6 then DE=3/2(6) = 9 is this correct way of looking at it? Also the triangles are mirror images of each other so therefor side BA=AD? how do we know these are the angles that are corresponding.
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Re: Geometry problem [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 00:14
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Bunuel I looked at the difference between the two sides since they had to be in same proportion. So just took 6/4 AD/AB = 3/2 and since BC=6 then DE=3/2(6) = 9 is this correct way of looking at it? Also the triangles are mirror images of each other so therefor side BA=AD? how do we know these are the angles that are corresponding.


Because triangles ABC and ADE are similar their corresponding sides are all in the same proportion. Corresponding sides are the sides opposite the angles which are equal. For example as <BCA=<AED then the sides opposite them BA and AD are corresponding. So, in similar triangles the RATIO of corresponding sides are the same: BA/AD=BC/DE.

Next triangles are not congruent they are similar, so AB doesn't equal to AD (by the way stem gives AB = 4 and AD = 6).

For more check triangles and circles chapters of math book: math-triangles-87197.html and math-circles-87957.html

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Re: Geometry problem [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 08:31
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Re: Geometry problem [#permalink] New post 05 May 2011, 06:45
DE/BC = AD/AB

=> DE = 6 * 6/4 = 9

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