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    Talking Area of Trapezoid

    The plane area shown in the figure consists of an isosceles trapezoid(non-parallel sides equal) and a segment of a circle. If the non-parallel sides are tangent to the segment at points A and B, find the area of the composite figure.


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    and what is that 60^o ?
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    I think it is needed to compute for the r?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlewiz View Post
    I think it is needed to compute for the r?
    you are not sure what is that 60^o for???
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    assume your 60^o is for \angle DBF as shown in my attached figure.

    I have worked out a pretty complicated, perhaps stupid, method...

    produce all the lines and points as shown in figure, such that
    AO = WO = BO = radius of a circle. O is centre of the circle.
    AOZ, BOX and WOY are all straight lines.
    AC//WY//BD and they are all perpendicular to both AB and EF
    since AE and BF are tangents, \angle EAO = \angle FBO = 90^ohence \angle CAZ = \angle DBX = 30^o, and
    \angle BAZ = \angle ABX = 60^o
    so we have a equilateral triangle ABO, with AO = BO = AB = 3
    you can prove that WOY is bisector of angles AOB and XOZ, therefore
    \angle YOZ = 30^o
    Given that WOY = 5 and assumed that WO = 3, hence OY = 2

    In triangle YOZ,
    cos30^o = \frac{OY}{OZ}
    \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} = \frac{2}{OZ}
    OZ = \frac{4}{\sqrt{3}}
    therefore AZ = 3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{3}}

    In triangle CAZ,
    cos30^o = \frac{AC}{AZ}
    (cos30^o)(AZ) = AC
    AC = (\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2})(3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{3}})
    AC = \frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2} + 2

    In triangle EAC,
    tan60^o = \frac{EC}{AC}
    ( tan60^o)(AC) = EC
    EC = (\sqrt{3})(\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2} + 2)
    EC = \frac{9}{2} + 2\sqrt{3}

    The area of sector AWBO
    = (\frac{1}{6})(\pi)(3^2)
    = \frac{3\pi}{2}
    and the area of triangle ABO
    = (\frac{1}{2})(3)(3)(sin60^o)
    = (\frac{9}{2})(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2})
    = \frac{9\sqrt{3}}{4}
    Therefore the area of region AWB (green in figure)
    = area of sector AWBO - area of triangle ABO
    = 0.8153

    area of trapezium AEFB
    = \frac{(2EC + CD + AB)(AC)}{2}
    = \frac{(6 + 2(\frac{9}{2} + 2\sqrt{3}))(\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2} + 2)}{2}
    = (15 + 4\sqrt{3})(\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{4} + 1)
    .....in the end you will get this area = 50.4138

    So the area of overall figure = 50.4138 + 0.8153 = 51.2291 ( cm^2 ??)
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    Last edited by ukorov; November 22nd 2009 at 02:25 AM.
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    hey

    how come u assume WO= 3 ?? is that reasonable??
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    how come u assume WO=3?? and OY=2 is u need to find for their value like WO= x then OY= 5-x?
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    is it there is a special triagle 30 by 60 so ur WO must be 1.5squareroot of 3 or 2.598
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