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    isosceles triangle

    In the isosceles triangles ABC and CDE below, BC = 16 in., DE = 11 in. What is CD - AD?

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    Hello, sanee66!

    In the isosceles triangles ABC and CDE below,
    . . BC = 16\text{ in.},\;DE = 11\text{ in.}
    What is CD - AD?
    Code:
                A
                *
               *   *  D       11
              *       *   *   *   *   * E
             *           *           *
            *               *       *
           *                   *   *
        B *   *   *   *   *   *   * C
                     16
    We have: . AC \:=\:BC\:=\:16
    . . . .and: . DC \:=\:DE\:=\:11

    Hence: . AD \;=\;AC - DC \;=\;16 - 11\;=\;5

    Therefore: . CD - AD\;=\;11 - 5 \;=\;6

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