Krishna
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Step 1: Understand the question and note down the given values

Step 2 : Select the appropriate theorem using the given data.

THEOREM: (Basic proportional theorem)

If a line is drawn parallel to one side of a triangle to intersect

the other two sides in distinct points, then the other two sides are divided

in the same ratio.

Given : In ∆ABC, DE || BC which intersects sides AB and

AC at D and E respectively.

Step 3: Find the unknown value by using the basic proportional theorem.

EXAMPLE:  from the given figure \frac{AL}{LC}=\frac{BM}{MC}  [since ( \frac{AD}{DB} = = \frac{AE}{EC} ]

Write the formula in known lengths

\frac{AL}{AC-AL}=\frac{BM}{BC\ -\ BM}

Substitute given equations in the above formula

\frac{x - 3}{2x - (x -3)} = \frac{x - 2}{(2x + 3) - (x -2)}

\frac{x - 3}{x + 3} = \frac{x -2}{x + 5}

Cross multiply

(x − 3) (x + 5) = (x − 2) (x + 3)

x^2 + 2x - 15 = x^2 + x - 6

2x − x = − 6 + 15

x = 9