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ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?

A. $$3\sqrt[]{3}$$

B. $$4\sqrt[]{2}$$

C. $$5\sqrt[]{3}$$

D. $$3\sqrt[]{2}$$

E. $$2\sqrt[]{5}$$

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ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?
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Hi, this question is annoying me, as I believe I am unable to read it straight. Pls help.

Look at the figure above, since the area of of the picture frame (shaded region) is equal to the area of EFGH, then the area of EFGH is half of the area of the big square ABCD, which is 6^2=36. Hence, the area of EFGH = 18. The side of the square EFGH is $$\sqrt{18}=3\sqrt{2}$$ (since area=side^2).

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ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?
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Hi, this question is annoying me, as I believe I am unable to read it straight. Pls help.

Area of ABCD = 36

Area of EFGH = 18 - area of EFGH is equal to area of picture frame - they're each 1/2 of the total area (36)

A=bh
18=x^2 (b & h are equal since it is a square)

Length of EF = sqrt(18) = 3*sqrt(2)

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20 Feb 2012, 00:05
Thank you folks. I missed understanding the shaded part and picture area (EFGH). Thanks Bunuel and Jazzman
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10 Oct 2013, 08:36
Hi,

But where does it say the area of EFGH is half of the area of the big square ABCD?

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But where does it say the area of EFGH is half of the area of the big square ABCD?

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It's given in the stem: the area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH) --> area(ABCD)-area(EFGH)=area(EFGH) --> area(ABCD)=2*area(EFGH).

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10 Oct 2013, 09:14
Crystal clear, thanks a lot

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13 Nov 2013, 20:22
Also,

Consider area of the picture frame is X.

Area of the Picture frame = Area of ABCD - Area of EFGH (which is equal to the area of the picture frame)
Upon substituting,
X = (6*6) - X
2X = 36
X (area) = 18

Side = \sqrt{18}
= 3\sqrt{2}

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14 Nov 2013, 18:13
Follow the question stem. Area(EFGH)=area(ABCD)-area(EFGH)------>2*area(EFGH)=area(ABCD). This means that area(EFGH)=1/2*area(ABCD).

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09 Dec 2014, 17:25
Hi,

How can you infer that the area of EFGH is "Half" of the Area of ABCD?
Im unable to understand that. Please explain

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sdas wrote:
ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?
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Hi, this question is annoying me, as I believe I am unable to read it straight. Pls help.

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Look at the figure above, since the area of of the picture frame (shaded region) is equal to the area of EFGH, then the area of EFGH is half of the area of the big square ABCD, which is 6^2=36. Hence, the area of EFGH = 18. The side of the square EFGH is $$\sqrt{18}=3\sqrt{2}$$ (since area=side^2).

Hope it's clear.

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09 Dec 2014, 17:26
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Hi,

How can you infer that the area of EFGH is "Half" of the Area of ABCD?
Im unable to understand that. Please explain

Bunuel wrote:
sdas wrote:
ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?
Attachment:
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Hi, this question is annoying me, as I believe I am unable to read it straight. Pls help.

Attachment:
Picture2.PNG
Look at the figure above, since the area of of the picture frame (shaded region) is equal to the area of EFGH, then the area of EFGH is half of the area of the big square ABCD, which is 6^2=36. Hence, the area of EFGH = 18. The side of the square EFGH is $$\sqrt{18}=3\sqrt{2}$$ (since area=side^2).

Hope it's clear.

Have you read this: abcd-is-a-square-picture-frame-see-figure-efgh-is-a-127823.html#p1276619 ?
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Refer modified diagram below:

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Given that area of orange region = area of white region in the square

It means that, if the small square EFGH is rotated 45 degree, it will exactly touch midpoints(AE = EB = 3) of square ABCD sides

$$EF = \sqrt{3^2 + 3^2} = \sqrt{18} = 3\sqrt{2}$$
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ABCD is a square picture frame (see figure). EFGH is a square inscribed within ABCD as a space for a picure. The area of EFGH (for the picture) is equal to the area of the picture frame (the area of ABCD minus the area of EFGH). If AB = 6, what is the length of EF?
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$$6^2 -EF^2 = EF^2$$

$$EF^2=18$$

$$EF= 3 \sqrt{2}$$
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I got the answer correct, But I do not see answer options A, B , C , D and E. Looks like they are not provided originally.

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