Greeting math peeps! Welcome to another MathSux post! Today we will be tackling how to find the missing lengths of medians on a trapezoid. We’ll do this by going over a question taken straight from the NYS Regents from August 2012. I must admit, that when I first looked at this question, I had no idea how to answer it! None. Zero. Clueless (also a great movie). But apparently, there is an explanation! And apparently it’s not so hard; you just have to know what to do.Let’s take a look:
How do I answer this Question?
Step 1: Let’s fill in what we know, They tell us in the questions that AB=5x-9, DC=x+3, and EF=2x+2. So let’s write that in:
Ok, great what now? (This is where I got lost too). But wait! There is this amazing rule about medians on a trapezoid you probably didn’t know about (Exciting I know).
Step 2: Apply the rule and solve for x.
Yay! This gives us our answer 🙂 Another random rule in Geometry accomplished.
Still got questions? That’s cool, take a deep breath and ask me in the comments section.
Looking for more on Medians of a trapezoid? Check out this post here for practice questions and more!