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### HideShow timer Statistics  In the figure above, line segment AC is parallel to line segment BD. If line segment AC = 15, line segment BD = 10, and line segment CE = 30, what is the length of line segment CD?

A. 10
B. 15
C. 20
D. 25
E. 30

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1 Given: BD = 10 | AC = 15 | CE = 30

From the above figure, we are given Angle C = D = 90. Angle E is common.
Hence, the triangles ACE and BDE are similar(AAA similarity)

In similar triangles, the ratios of the length of the corresponding sides are equal.
$$\frac{BD}{DE} = \frac{AC}{CE}$$

Substituting values
$$\frac{10}{x} = \frac{15}{30}$$ -> $$x = 10*2 = 20$$

Therefore, the length of CD = CE-DE = 30-20 = 10(Option A)
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