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    how to solve this triangle / area of trapezoid problem

    HERE IS THE DIAGRAM
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    In triangle ABC, medians CE and AD intersect at P, PE=1.5, PD =2, and DE=2.5. What is the area of AEDC?

    PLEASE HELP ME. Show ME HOW TO DO THIS.
    THE CHOICES ARE
    [A] 13 [B] 13.5 [C] 14 [D] 14.5 [D] 15
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    Re: how to solve this triangle / area of trapezoid problem

    Two things to notice/know:

    The centroid (intersection of the medians) splits each median in a 2:1 ratio. You can use this to find the length of CP and AP.

    Triangle DPE- with sides 1.5, 2, and 2.5- is a right triangle (It's a 3-4-5) with a right angle at P. That makes finding the area of the four triangles inside that trapezoid easy.
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    Re: how to solve this triangle / area of trapezoid problem

    Quote Originally Posted by zaco519 View Post
    HERE IS THE DIAGRAM
    AMCmath problem | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    In triangle ABC, medians CE and AD intersect at P, PE=1.5, PD =2, and DE=2.5. What is the area of AEDC?

    PLEASE HELP ME. Show ME HOW TO DO THIS.
    THE CHOICES ARE
    [A] 13 [B] 13.5 [C] 14 [D] 14.5 [D] 15
    1. AC = 2 \cdot DE Why?

    2. Use proportions to get PC:

    \frac{PC}{AC}=\frac{PE}{DE}

    With PA similarly. (For confirmation only: PC = 3, PA = 4)

    3. To calculate the height x in the triangle ACP use Pythagoras:

    \begin{array}{rcl}x^2+y^2&=&3^2 \\ x^2+(5-y)^2&=&4^2 \end{array}

    Solve for x (For confirmation only x = 2.4)

    4. The quadrilateral AEDC is a trapezium whose parallel sides are 5 and 2.5 and whose height can be calculated by using x and the known proportions.
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