Finding the shaded region

by Oliver   Last Updated August 14, 2019 15:20 PM

Find the area of the blue shaded region of the square in the following image:

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How to solve this question?

Tags : geometry

Answers 3

Please see the following picture.

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Yan Peng
Yan Peng
August 14, 2019 15:11 PM


Consider a unit square with the bottom left corner at the origin and the point $(t,1)$.

The oblique from the bottom left corner has equation


and the other oblique is perpendicular, from the bottom right corner, hence


The intersection point is


To determine $t$, we express the value of the ratio of the known sides,


All the rest will follow.

Yves Daoust
Yves Daoust
August 14, 2019 15:12 PM

The "extra information" required is down there in fine print: the outer shape is square.

Without loss of generality let us scale the figure by $\frac56$ so that the given lengths become $4$ and $5$. Now let the square's side length be $x$. We can set up an equation for it (using multiple invocations of Pythagoras's theorem) as $$\sqrt{41-x^2}+\sqrt{(4+\sqrt{x^2-25})^2-x^2}=x$$ Solving this using SymPy I found two possible values for $x$, both of which give admissible diagrams: $$x=\sqrt{\frac{65\pm5\sqrt5}2}$$ Now, given this $x$, the triangle on the left has an area of $$\frac{\sqrt{x^2-25}(\sqrt{x^2-25}-1)}2$$ and that on the right has an area of $$\frac{x\sqrt{41-x^2}}2$$ Substituting the values of $x$ into the sum of these arsas reveals that both choices give the same area, namely $10$. Remember that we scaled down beforehand, so we multiply by $\left(\frac65\right)^2$ and obtain the final answer of $14.4$ square centimetres.

Parcly Taxel
Parcly Taxel
August 14, 2019 15:13 PM

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