Points $F$, $E$, and $D$ are on the sides $\overline{AB}$, $\overline{AC}$, and $\overline{BC}$, respectively, of right $\triangle ABC$ such that $AFDE$ is a square. If $AB = 12$ and $AC = 8$, then what is $AF$?

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AnonymousConfusedGuy Feb 8, 2018

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Deleted this answer....See Chris' answer ! Thanks CPhil !

ElectricPavlov Feb 8, 2018

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Draw AD.....

This bisects angle BAC

And an apex angle that is bisected sets up the following relationship :

AB / AC = DB / DC

12/8 = DB /DC (1)

But DF is parallel to base CA....so it splits sides AB and AC proportionally

Thus

DB /DC = FB / FA

Subbing (1)....we have that

12/8 = FB / FA

Thus.....side BA is split into 20 equal parts......and FA = AF is 8 of these

So.... AF =

(8/20) (12) = 96/20 = 4.8

CPhill Feb 8, 2018