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In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8,

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In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8, and AD = 2, what is the length of AB?

(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 5
(E) 6

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Re: In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8,  [#permalink]

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In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8, and AD = 2, what is the length of AB?

(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 5
(E) 6

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Since bases of the triangles are parallel hence, Triangles ABC and DBE are similar triangle and Let, AB = x

i.e. AC/DE = AB/DB


i.e. 12/8 = x/(x-2)
i.e. x = 6

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In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8, and AD = 2, what is the length of AB?

(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 5
(E) 6

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DE and AC are parallel lines, we have 2 pairs of equal angles
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Let x = the length of BD and add in the other given lengths
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At this point, we can see that there are two SIMILAR TRIANGLES within the diagram.
They are shown separately below.
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KEY CONCEPT: The ratios of any two pairs of corresponding sides are always equal.

Sides DE and AC are corresponding, and sides BD and BA are corresponding
So, we can write: 8/12 = x/(x+2)
Cross multiply go get: (8)(x+2) = (12)(x)
Expand: 8x + 16 = 12x
We get: 16 = 4x
Solve: x = 4

Since side AB has length x + 2, we can conclude that the length of side AB = 4 + 2 = 6

Answer: E

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Re: In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8,  [#permalink]

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Given:
    • In the given figure, DE || AC
    • AC = 12, DE = 8, and AD = 2

To find:
    • The length of AB

Approach and Working:
As DE || AC, angle BDE = angle BAC and angle BED = angle BCA

Hence, if we consider triangles BDE and BAC,
    • angle BDE = angle BAC
    • angle BED = angle BCA
    • angle B is common to both triangles

So, the triangles are similar to each other.

Therefore, \(\frac{BD}{BA} = \frac{DE}{AC}\)
    • Or, \(\frac{AB – AD}{AB} = \frac{DE}{AC}\)
    • Or, \(1 – \frac{2}{AB} = \frac{8}{12}\)
    • Or, \(\frac{2}{AB} = \frac{1}{3}\)
    • Or, AB = 2 x 3 = 6

Hence, the correct answer is option E.

Answer: E
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Re: In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8,  [#permalink]

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this problem does not have sense. It is imposible that the side is 6 and half the base also 6. NO SENSE!!!
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Re: In the figure above, DE and AC are parallel lines. If AC = 12, DE = 8,  [#permalink]

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MartyKaan wrote:
this problem does not have sense. It is imposible that the side is 6 and half the base also 6. NO SENSE!!!


I'm not sure I understand what you're saying.
There are infinitely many triangles in which the length of one side is half the length of one of the other sides.
For example, all 30-60-90 triangles have this feature.
One such 30-60-90 triangle could have lengths 1, 2 and √3

That said, it's possible I've misinterpreted your response. If so, please elaborate.

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