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A square is divided, as shown. What fraction of the area of the square is shaded? Express your answer as a fraction.

 

 Jul 17, 2019
 #1
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Call the side of the square , S

 

And its area  = S^2

 

We can see that  3/4   of the area of the square is unshaded

 

So...we just need to  find the area shaded in the remaining  1/4 th

 

Note that at the bottom right of the figure we have an isosceles right triangle  with leg lengths of S / 2

 

So....the area of this triangle  is   (1/2) (product of the leg lengths)  = (1/2) (S/2) (S/2) =  S^2/8

 

But  1/2 of  the area of this triangle  plus the shaded area  comprise the other 1/4th area of the square

 

So 1/2 of the area of the right triangle  = (1/2)(S^2)/8  = S^2/16  = (1/16)S^2

 

So.....the shaded area  =   (1/4)S^2  - S^2/16   =   (4/16)S^2 - (1/16)S^2  =  (3/16)S^2

 

So....the shaded part  is just 3/16  of the area of the square

 

 

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 Jul 17, 2019
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A square is divided, as shown. What fraction of the area of the square is shaded? Express your answer as a fraction.

 

\(\text{Let $s$ is the side of the square }\\ \text{Let $s^2$ is the area of the square }\\ \text{Let $s\sqrt{2}$ is the diagonal of the square } \\ \text{Let $s\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ is the parallel diagonal of the square } \)

 

\(\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \mathbf{A_{\text{trapezoid}}} &=& \left(\dfrac{s\sqrt{2}+s\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}}{2}\right)\cdot s\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{4} \quad &| \quad s\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{4} \text{ is the height of the trapezoid } \\ &=& \left(\dfrac{1+ \dfrac{1}{2} }{2}\right)\cdot s\sqrt{2} s\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{4} \\ &=& \left(\dfrac{\dfrac{3}{2} }{2}\right)\cdot s^2 \dfrac{2}{4} \\ &=& \left(\dfrac{3}{4}\right)\cdot s^2 \dfrac{1}{2} \\ &=& \mathbf{ \dfrac{3}{8} s^2} \\\\ \mathbf{A_{\text{shaded}}} &=& \dfrac{A_{\text{trapezoid}}}{2} \\ &=& \dfrac{\dfrac{3}{8} s^2}{2} \\ \mathbf{A_{\text{shaded}}} &=& \mathbf{ \dfrac{3}{16} s^2} \\ \hline \end{array}\)

 

The fraction of the area of the square shaded is \(\dfrac{\dfrac{3}{16} s^2}{s^2} = \dfrac{3}{16}\)

 

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 Jul 17, 2019

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