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    Ratio of areas of similar figures

    Hi all,
    Here goes the question:
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    In the diagram, AC,RQ and BP are parallel lines. AR=9cm,RQ=6cm,BP=8cm, and RB=3cm. Calculate the ratio of:
    (i)area of triangle ARQ:area of trapezium RBPQ'
    (ii)area of triangle BQR:area of triangle ARQ
    (iii)area of triangle ABC:area of triangle BQR

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    In the diagram, AB=5cm,BE=4cm,EC=2cm,CD=3cm and DA=1cm. If DE=xcm, using a geometrical argument, deduce the value of x.

    Thanks in advance
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    In Q2 are the two triangles similar?
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    nope it isn't stated in the question but anyway it doesn't look similar
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    please can someone help me because i need it for my assisgnment. thanks again.
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    We're not supposed to do work that contributes to a student's final grade, so you'll need to show us what you've tried...
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    you got me wrong, by saying assignment i am referring to normal homework. I mean i have no idea how to start it off so can anyone provide me with hints?
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    Hello, AeroScizor!

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    \text{In the diagram: }\:AC \parallel RQ \parallel BP.

    AR=9,\; RQ=6,\;BP=8,\;RB=3.

    \text{Calculate the ratios of the areas of:}

    (i)\;\Delta ARQ : \text{quad }RBPQ

    We have: . \Delta ARQ \sim \Delta ABP

    Hence: . AR:AB \:=\:9:12 \;=\;3:4

    Then: . \text{area }\Delta ARQ:\text{area }\Delta ABP \;=\;9:16

    Therefore: . \Delta ARQ:\text{quad }RBPQ \;=\;9:7




    (ii)\;\Delta BQR : \Delta ARQ

    \Delta BQR has a base of 3.
    \Delta ARQ has a base of 9.
    . . Their bases are in the ratio 3:9 \:=\:1:3

    They have the same height.

    Therefore, their areas are in the ratio 1:3.




    (iii)\; \Delta ABC : \Delta BQR

    We have: . \Delta ABC \sim \Delta BQR

    Their bases are in the ratio 12:3 \:=\:4:1
    Their heights are also in the ratio 4:1

    Therefore, their areas are in the rato 16:1

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    thanks a million. i really wanted to know the thought process
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