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If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?

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If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?

A. 27
B. 30
C. 32
D. 36
E. 42

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Re: If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?  [#permalink]

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If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?

A. 27
B. 30
C. 32
D. 36
E. 42

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Since, BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, we know that the other angle must be x....
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We're also told that AB=AC, which we can add to the diagram...
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Those two equal sides mean that the two highlighted angles (below) are equal
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So, the angle at vertex C must also be 2x....
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At this point, let's focus our attention on the blue triangle below...
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Since the blue triangle is an isosceles triangle, the 3rd angle must equal 2x....
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Since the angles in a triangle must add to 180 degrees, we can write: x + 2x + 2x = 180
Simplify: 5x = 180
Solve: x = 36

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Re: If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?  [#permalink]

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New post 08 Sep 2016, 04:35
In BDC,
∠BDC + ∠BCD + ∠DBC = 180 -----(1)

Since in ABC AB = AC, ∠ABC = ∠ACB
And IN BDC, BD=BC, ∠BDC = ∠BCD

Subst these facts in st. (1)

x + 2x + 2x = 180
x=36

Option D
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New post 08 Sep 2016, 18:53
from given angle b = angle C and angle C = angle D

lets take angle b = K

the small triangle BDC = 180 degree

K is cut into half

K/2+K+K = 180

since angle B = angle C = angle D

K/2 which is x = 36
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Angle a + 2x + 2x = 180, we know that x = a.

so: 2x + 2x + x = 180

5x = 180

x = 36
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Re: If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
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If AB=AC, BD=BC, and BD is the bisector of ∠ABC, then what is x?

A. 27
B. 30
C. 32
D. 36
E. 42

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Please refer the picture :
1. As BD bisects ∠ABC, hence ∠ABD=∠DBC=x
2. As AB=AC, ∠ABC =2x=∠ACB
3. As BC=BD, ∠BCD=∠BCA=2x=∠BDC

Now in triangle BDC : ∠BCD+∠BDC+∠DBC = 2x+2x+x= 180 =====>x=36 ..... Hence I would go for option D.
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