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# Triangle Help

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Feb 24, 2019

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The ratio between the areas of equilateral triangles $$\triangle$$ BXY and $$\triangle$$ BAC is 1 : 4.
If $$AC=6$$, what is XY?

$$\text{Let triangle  BXY = A_2= \dfrac{XY\cdot h_2}{2} } \\ \text{Let triangle  BAC = A = \dfrac{6\cdot h }{2} }$$

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline \dfrac{A_2}{A} &=& \dfrac{1}{4} \quad | \quad A_2 = \dfrac{XY\cdot h_2}{2},\ A = \dfrac{6\cdot h }{2} \\\\ \dfrac{\dfrac{XY\cdot h_2}{2}}{\dfrac{6\cdot h }{2}} &=& \dfrac{1}{4} \\\\ \dfrac{XY\cdot h_2} {6\cdot h } &=& \dfrac{1}{4} \\\\ XY \cdot \dfrac{h_2} {h} &=& \dfrac{6}{4} \\\\ XY \cdot \dfrac{h_2} {h} &=& \dfrac{3}{2} \quad | \quad \dfrac{h_2}{h} = \dfrac{XY}{6} \\\\ XY \cdot \dfrac{XY}{6} &=& \dfrac{3}{2} \\\\ XY^2 &=& 3^2 \\\\ \mathbf{XY} & \mathbf{=} & \mathbf{3} \\ \hline \end{array}$$

Feb 25, 2019