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# In the figure, each side of square ABCD has length 1, the length of li

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20 Nov 2018, 09:09
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19 Feb 2019, 01:01
Bunuel wrote:

In the figure, each side of square ABCD has length 1, the length of line Segment CE is 1, and the length of line segment BE is equal to the length of line segment DE. What is the area of the triangular region BCE?

A. 1/3

B. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

C. 1/2

D. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$

E. 3/4

Note that as BE=DE the triangles BCE and CDE are congruent (all three sides are equal) --> $$\angle{BCE}=\angle{DCE}$$. So if we extend the line segment CE it will meet with the crosspoint of the diagonals, let's call it point O. Also note that EO will be perpendicular to BD, as diagonals in square make a right angle.

(The area of BCE) = (The area of BOE) - (The area of BOC).

Area of BOC is one fourth of the square's =$$\frac{1}{4}$$.

Area BOE, $$\frac{1}{2}*BO*EO$$. $$BO=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$, half of the diagonal of a square. $$EO=CE+CO=1+\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}=\frac{2+\sqrt{2}}{2}$$, CO is also half of the diagonal of a square.

So $$AreaBOE=\frac{1}{2}*BO*EO=\frac{1}{2}*\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}*\frac{2+\sqrt{2}}{2}=\frac{\sqrt{2}+1}{4}$$.

Area $$BCE=BOE-BOC=\frac{\sqrt{2}+1}{4}-\frac{1}{4}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

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Hi Bunuel,

Please, can you explain this in lame terms as to how the area of BOC is one forth and the diagonal part?

Is there any other way to solve it?
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19 Feb 2019, 01:14
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Bunuel wrote:

In the figure, each side of square ABCD has length 1, the length of line Segment CE is 1, and the length of line segment BE is equal to the length of line segment DE. What is the area of the triangular region BCE?

A. 1/3

B. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

C. 1/2

D. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$

E. 3/4

Note that as BE=DE the triangles BCE and CDE are congruent (all three sides are equal) --> $$\angle{BCE}=\angle{DCE}$$. So if we extend the line segment CE it will meet with the crosspoint of the diagonals, let's call it point O. Also note that EO will be perpendicular to BD, as diagonals in square make a right angle.

(The area of BCE) = (The area of BOE) - (The area of BOC).

Area of BOC is one fourth of the square's =$$\frac{1}{4}$$.

Area BOE, $$\frac{1}{2}*BO*EO$$. $$BO=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$, half of the diagonal of a square. $$EO=CE+CO=1+\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}=\frac{2+\sqrt{2}}{2}$$, CO is also half of the diagonal of a square.

So $$AreaBOE=\frac{1}{2}*BO*EO=\frac{1}{2}*\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}*\frac{2+\sqrt{2}}{2}=\frac{\sqrt{2}+1}{4}$$.

Area $$BCE=BOE-BOC=\frac{\sqrt{2}+1}{4}-\frac{1}{4}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

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Hi Bunuel,

Please, can you explain this in lame terms as to how the area of BOC is one forth and the diagonal part?

Is there any other way to solve it?

Diagonals of a square are perpendicular bisectors of each other. That is, they cut each other in half and at 90 degrees. As you can see above diagonals of a square cut the square into four equal parts.

For other solutions please check the discussion. There are many different solutions there.

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16 Mar 2019, 06:17
singh_amit19 wrote:

In the figure, each side of square ABCD has length 1, the length of line Segment CE is 1, and the length of line segment BE is equal to the length of line segment DE. What is the area of the triangular region BCE?

A. 1/3

B. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

C. 1/2

D. $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$

E. 3/4

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Hi Bunuel,

I tried solving this problem in the following way.

$$\triangle$$ BCD and $$\triangle$$ CDE are similar triangles (Side-Side-Side)

So $$\angle$$ DCE =$$\angle$$ BCE

$$\angle$$DCE+$$\angle$$BCE=360-90= 270 degrees

So $$\angle$$ DCE=$$\angle$$BCE =135 degree

Area of any triangle = 1/2 ab sin (angle between the sides)
= 1/2 *1 * 1 Sin(90+45)
=$$\frac{1}{2\sqrt[]{2}}$$
=$$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$$

This way of solving would eliminate drawing extra sides in the figure. i hope you find this helpful.
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23 May 2019, 17:39
~45 SECOND "SOLUTION"
I estimated the height of triangle BCE by using my pen after measuring the side square ABCE. I estimated BCE height to be 3/4 as ABCE side length was 1.
So b*h/2 ... (1*3/4) / 2 = 3/8 = .375

Looking at answers starting with C) which is .5, we need something smaller.
Trying B) √2/4 = 1.4/4 = .7/2 = .35
Trying A) 1/3 = .33
Between these two, B) is closer to .375 so I picked it.

It's not foolproof but it's the best method for Geometry when you're running low on time and not seeing a quick solution, imo.
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22 Sep 2019, 19:44
Do we seriously always assume 2D figures????

Holy cow... i've only realised this now... this would have made my life so much easier!
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09 Nov 2019, 22:25
Hey, I dont understand this part of Bunnel's explanation.

I too tried to find the area of the two triangles and subtract them. But I got lost in the calculations to find the actual height.

12∗BO∗EO12∗BO∗EO . BO=2√2
Re: In the figure, each side of square ABCD has length 1, the length of li   [#permalink] 09 Nov 2019, 22:25

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