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Let $\text{P}$ be an interior point of a right-angled isosceles triangle $\text{ABC}$ with hypotenuse $\text{AB}$. If the perpendicular distance of $\text{P}$ from each of $\text{AB, BC},$ and $\text{CA}$ is $4\left ( \sqrt{2} -1\right )$cm, then the area, in sq cm, of the triangle $\text{ABC}$ is

  1. $16$
  2. $15$
  3. $14$
  4. $12$
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Let's first draw the diagram.

Let side $\text{AC} = \text{BC} = a\;\text{cm}.$

Here, $\text{P}$ is incenter.

In $ \triangle \text{ACB}$, apply the Pythagoras theorem.

$(\text{AB})^{2} = (\text{AC})^{2} + (\text{BC})^{2}$

$\Rightarrow (\text{AB})^{2} = (a)^{2} + (a)^{2}$

$\Rightarrow (\text{AB})^{2} = 2a^{2}$

$\Rightarrow \boxed{\text{AB} = a \sqrt{2}\;\text{cm}}$

In right angle triangle $\triangle \text{ABC}.$

In radius of right angle triangle $ = \left(\frac{a+b-c}{2}\right)\;\text{cm}.$

Now,  $\frac{a+a-a\sqrt2}{2} = 4(\sqrt2-1)$

$\Rightarrow \frac{2a-a\sqrt2}{2} = 4(\sqrt2-1)$

$\Rightarrow \frac{a}{2}(2-\sqrt2) = 4(\sqrt2-1)$

$\Rightarrow \frac{a}{\sqrt2}(\sqrt2-1) = 4(\sqrt2-1)$

$\Rightarrow \boxed{a = 4 \sqrt{2}\;\text{cm}}.$

$\therefore$  The area of $\triangle \text{ABC} = \frac{1}{2}\times \text{Base} \times \text{Height}$

$ \qquad \qquad = \frac{1}{2}\times a \times a = \frac{1}{2}\times a^{2} = \frac{1}{2}\times(4 \sqrt{2})^{2} = \frac{1}{2} \times 32 = 16\;\text{cm}^{2}.$   

Correct Answer $:\text{A}$

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