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February 19th, 2013, 06:13 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 799 Thanks: 1  Area of triangle AEF
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February 19th, 2013, 01:38 PM  #2 
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S = BC·CD  a  b  c = (BE + EC)(CF + FD)  BE(CF + FD)/2  EC·CF/2  (BE + EC)FD/2 = BE·CF/2 + EC·CF/2 + EC·FD/2 S² = (BE²CF² + CF²EC² + FD²EC²)/4 + (BE·CF²EC + BE·CF·FD·EC + CF·FD·EC²)/2 (a + b + c)²  4ac = (BE(CF + FD)/2 + EC·CF/2 + (BE + EC)FD/2)²  BE·FD(CF + FD)(BE + EC) = (BE(CF + 2FD)/2 + EC·CF/2 + EC·FD/2)²  BE·FD(CF + FD)(BE + EC) = (BE²CF² + CF²EC² + FD²EC²)/4 + (BE·CF²EC + BE·CF·FD·EC + CF·FD·EC²)/2 The required result follows. 
February 19th, 2013, 03:44 PM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1,579 Thanks: 22  Re: Area of triangle AEF
I'm consistently amazed and impressed by these problems by Albert Teng and the answers from those who explain them. Have you considered NOT posting the answers right away, Albert? 
February 19th, 2013, 03:50 PM  #4 
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I was doing this kind of answer when I was aged twelve. I wonder whether Albert.Teng has a neater method.

February 19th, 2013, 04:34 PM  #5 
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Let k = length(AB) * length(AD). S = k  a  b  c 
February 19th, 2013, 10:52 PM  #6  
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