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The height of isosceles trapezoid ABDC is 12 units. The length of diagonal AD is 15 units. What is the area of trapezoid ABDC? (A) 72 (B) 90 (C) 96 (D) 108 (E) 180
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Sorry guys  I should have said how I am trying to solve. I draw the two perpendiculars from vertex A and B and called them E and F. So that I have a rectangle called ABEF. Now as we know its an isosceles trapezoid AC = BD and therefore angle C is equal to angle D. Height is 12 and diagonal is 15. Therefore, ED = 9. But, I am struggling to find CE and FD? Can someone please help?
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Bunuel  thanks. I think there is a typo in our explanation. Do you mean CE = FD = x? Also, how come they will be equal? Even if this is an isosceles trapezoid then also AC = BD, or am I not getting it right.
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Many thanks Bunuel. All makes sense now to me.
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enigma123 wrote: The height of isosceles trapezoid ABDC is 12 units. The length of diagonal AD is 15 units. What is the area of trapezoid ABDC?
(A) 72 (B) 90 (C) 96 (D) 108 (E) 180 Another approach....Imagine this as the one attached below and then find the area of rectangle. 12*9 = 108 Attachment:
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enigma123 wrote: Attachment: Trapezoid ABCD.PNG The height of isosceles trapezoid ABDC is 12 units. The length of diagonal AD is 15 units. What is the area of trapezoid ABDC? (A) 72 (B) 90 (C) 96 (D) 108 (E) 180 Tricky problem +1 It's going to be a bit hard to explain without an image but I'll give my best shot Isosceles trapezoid is key So the area is the average of the bases * height Height is 12 So we have that the triangle with hypotenuse 15 and height 12 have a base of 9. Likewise the other triangle will have the same base of 9 since it is a mirror image given that trapezoid is isosceles Now we don't know what the smaller base is but check this out: Let's give X to the small base and y to the other two measurements that complete the larger base So small base : x Large base: 2y + x Now, we also know that x + y = 9 So the average of both bases will be : 2x + 2y = 18 / 2 = 9 So area is 9 * 12 = 108 Answer is D Hope it clarifies Cheers J



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Bunuel wrote: enigma123 wrote: Bunuel  thanks. I think there is a typo in our explanation. Do you mean CE = FD = x?
Also, how come they will be equal? Even if this is an isosceles trapezoid then also AC = BD, or am I not getting it right. Triangles CAE and DBF are congruent: AC=BD, AE=BF=altitude, <ACE=<BDF, <AEC=<BFD=90, ... > CE = FD = x. can you please explain the colored part? how are these 2 angles equal



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saggii27 wrote: Bunuel wrote: enigma123 wrote: Bunuel  thanks. I think there is a typo in our explanation. Do you mean CE = FD = x?
Also, how come they will be equal? Even if this is an isosceles trapezoid then also AC = BD, or am I not getting it right. Triangles CAE and DBF are congruent: AC=BD, AE=BF=altitude, <ACE=<BDF, <AEC=<BFD=90, ... > CE = FD = x. can you please explain the colored part? how are these 2 angles equal Because triangles CAE and DBF are congruent, the angles there are also congruent. Generally, in isosceles trapezoid the base angles have the same measure.
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Bunuel wrote: The height of isosceles trapezoid ABDC is 12 units. The length of diagonal AD is 15 units. What is the area of trapezoid ABDC? (A) 72 (B) 90 (C) 96 (D) 108 (E) 180 Attachment: Trapezoidarea.PNG ED^2+AE^2=AD^2 >ED^2+12^2=15^2 > ED=9. Now, as the trapezoid isosceles then CE=FD=x > AB=9x and CD=9+x. Area of trapezoid \(are=a*\frac{b_1+b_2}{2}\), where b1, b2 are the lengths of the two bases a is the altitude of the trapezoid. Hence, the are of trapezoid ABCD is \(area=AE*\frac{AB+CD}{2}=12*\frac{(9x)+(9+x)}{2}=12*9=108\). Answer: D. Hi Bunuel, I have one confusion here. We say Trapezoid is having one pair of sides parallel and it is known as base of trapezoid so they should have same angle as both are parallel. Now in case of isoceles triangle it is given that base angles are same. So what is difference here for base angles in Trapezoid and isoceles trapozoid. doubt from question explanation by you As we say we can cut a trapezoid in one rectangle and two right triangle. so if this is not isoceles trapezoid still CE= FD=x. as both triangle are similar. Please clarify Thanks.



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enigma123 wrote: Attachment: The attachment Trapezoid ABCD.PNG is no longer available The height of isosceles trapezoid ABDC is 12 units. The length of diagonal AD is 15 units. What is the area of trapezoid ABDC? (A) 72 (B) 90 (C) 96 (D) 108 (E) 180 Hi all, Here is another approach. Hope it works. Please see attached image. BC = AD = 15, EH = BK = 12. In the right triangle AHD, AH^2 + HD^2 = AD^2 => HD = 9. The area of the right triangle BHD = 0.5 x BK x HD = 0.5 x 12 x 9 = 54. Similar for the right triangle AKC, S triangle AKC = 54. We can observe that Area of BHD + Area of AKC = Area of ABDC (the overlapping area of the two triangles is OHK = The area of AOB the one supplement BHD and AKC to make ABDC) = 54 + 54 = 108. Hope it clear.
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By sketching a drawing of trapezoid ABDC with the height and diagonal drawn in, we can use the Pythagorean theorem to see the ED = 9. We also know that ABDC is an isosceles trapezoid, meaning that AC = BD; from this we can deduce that CE = FD, a value we will call x. The area of a trapezoid is equal to the average of the two bases multiplied by the height. The bottom base, CD, is the same as CE + ED, or x + 9. The top base, AB, is the same as ED – FD, or 9 – x. Thus the average of the two bases is . {(9+x) + (9x)}/2 = 9 Multiplying this average by the height yields the area of the trapezoid: 9*12 = 108.
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