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Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.


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Darts and Kites

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

A rhombus, PQRS.

The diagram shows a rhombus $PQRS$ with an internal point $O$ such that $OQ = OR = OS = 1$ unit. Penrose used this rhombus, split into two quadrilaterals, a dart and a kite, to make his famous tiling which fills the plane but, unlike a tessellation, does not repeat itself by translation or rotation.

Find all the angles in the diagram, show that $POR$ is a straight line and show that triangles $PRS$ and $QRO$ are similar. Hence prove that the length of the side of the rhombus is equal to the Golden Ratio $(1+ \sqrt{5})/2$.