Dividing a Triangle by Lines Parallel to Two Sides

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Let ABC be a triangle and E a point on AC. Let D be on AB such that DE is parallel to BC and F be on BC such that EF is parallel to AB. Let , , and be the areas of ADE, EFC, and DEFB, respectively. Then .

Contributed by: Jay Warendorff (March 2011)
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See problem 1.33 in V. Prasolov, Problems in Plane and Solid Geometry, Vol. 1, Plane Geometry [PDF], (D. Leites, ed. and trans.).



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