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# In the diagram below an equilateral triangle CDE has been inscribed in

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In the diagram below an equilateral triangle, CDE has been inscribed inside a square ABCD. What is the value of the angle marked x°?

(A) 15

(B) 30

(C) 45

(D) 75

(E) it can't be determined from the facts given
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19 Oct 2019, 21:33
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In the diagram below an equilateral triangle, CDE has been inscribed inside a square ABCD. What is the value of the angle marked x°?

(A) 15

(B) 30

(C) 45

(D) 75

(E) it can't be determined from the facts given

See the attached figure..
In $$\triangle CDE$$, all angles are 60, so $$\angle EDC = 60$$
But $$\angle ADC=90=\angle ADE+\angle EDC=\angle ADE+60....\angle ADE=30$$

Now take triangle ADE, where AD=DE, so ADE is an isosceles $$\triangle$$....$$\angle DAE=\angle AED=x$$
So, x+x+30=180...2x=150...x=75

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as CDE is equilateral, two conclusions can be made:
(1) ∠EDC = 60 and ∠ADE = 30
(2) Triangle ADE is isosceles triangle where ∠DAE = ∠AED

then ∠DAE = ∠AED = $$\frac{180-30}{2} = 75$$ D
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20 Oct 2019, 11:49
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as CDE is equilateral, two conclusions can be made:
(1) ∠EDC = 60 and ∠ADE = 30
(2) Triangle ADE is isosceles triangle where ∠DAE = ∠AED

then ∠DAE = ∠AED = $$\frac{180-30}{2} = 75$$ D

Can you please explain how did you arrive at the conclusion that Triangle ADE is isosceles triangle?
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19 Oct 2019, 21:05
Triangle EDC is equilateral, which means that all angles are equal to 60.
∠EDC and ∠ADE are complementary, meaning that
∠EDC=90-∠ADE=90-60=30
∠DAE=∠AED= (180-30)/2=75
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19 Oct 2019, 23:50
shridhar786 wrote:
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In the diagram below an equilateral triangle, CDE has been inscribed inside a square ABCD. What is the value of the angle marked x°?

(A) 15

(B) 30

(C) 45

(D) 75

(E) it can't be determined from the facts given

I have a query.

Refer the figure below.
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In the figure DE = EC = CD = a. EF is perpendicular to AD and EG is perpendicular to DC.
Angle DEF = 60°. EG = DF = $$\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}*a$$. AF = $$a - \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}*a$$.
Since EG is perpendicular to DC, G bisects DC.
Hence DG = FE = $$\frac{a}{2}$$

Now, in triangle AEF, angle AEF = y
Thus, Tan y = AF/EF = $$(a - \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}*a)/\frac{a}{2}$$
Tan y = 1 - $$\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$$

Till this point it was clear that I need to know trigonometry to find 'y' but it was difficult to find exact value.
Since n know the angle an be found using trigonometry and it is greater than 60°, chose D(E is not possible).

Is it right to do this way.?
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20 Oct 2019, 19:50
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MahmoudFawzy wrote:
as CDE is equilateral, two conclusions can be made:
(1) ∠EDC = 60 and ∠ADE = 30
(2) Triangle ADE is isosceles triangle where ∠DAE = ∠AED

then ∠DAE = ∠AED = $$\frac{180-30}{2} = 75$$ D

Can you please explain how did you arrive at the conclusion that Triangle ADE is isosceles triangle?

In triangle EDC, ED = DC = CE. Also, n square ABCD, AB = BC = CD = DA.

From above you can see that DA = EC in triangle.

Hope it's clear.
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