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CD is parallel to EF. AD = DF, CD = 4, and DF = 3. What is EF ?

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CD is parallel to EF. AD = DF, CD = 4, and DF = 3. What is EF ?

(A) 4
(B) 5
(C) 6
(D) 7
(E) 8

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CD is parallel to EF. AD = DF, CD = 4, and DF = 3. What is EF ?

(A) 4
(B) 5
(C) 6
(D) 7
(E) 8

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Rotate the triangle clockwise 90 degrees.

∆ ACD is similar to triangle AEF:

Their bases (DC and FE) are parallel.

Those parallel lines are cut by transversals (sides AF and AE of the larger triangle).

∠ D = ∠F (corresponding)
∠ C = ∠E (corresponding)

Both triangles share ∠ A

By AAA, they are similar triangles, whose corresponding sides have the same ratio
Small side \(AD\) corresponds to large side \(AF\). Small side \(DC\) corresponds to large side \(EF\)

\(AD = 3\), \(CD = 4\)

For small ∆ ACD, \(\frac{side}{side} = \frac{AD}{DC}=\frac{3}{4}\)

That ratio will hold for larger ∆ AEF

\(AD = DF = 3\)
So side \(AF = 6\)
Let side \(EF = x\)

\((\frac{AD}{DC}=\frac{AF}{EF})=(\frac{3}{4}= \frac{6}{x})=\frac{6}{8}\)

\(EF = 8\)

Answer E

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CD is parallel to EF. AD = DF, CD = 4, and DF = 3. What is EF ? [#permalink]

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CD is parallel to EF. AD = DF, CD = 4, and DF = 3. What is EF ?

(A) 4
(B) 5
(C) 6
(D) 7
(E) 8

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since AD=DF and CD is parallel to EF, CD is the midsegment of the triangle, and EF is equal 2 times the midsegment, so IMO the answer is E

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