Find the total area of the two triangles by two different methods if ACD and BCE are straight lines .

What are the lengths PC and CQ?

The triangles are re-drawn keeping the total area the same and keeping the distances between the green parallel lines as 3 cm and BD = 4 cm.

What is the value of y if x = 3 cm?

What other values can x and y take if the area is always the same?

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This activity is adapted from the NRICH task Kissing Triangles with permission of the University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

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