Problem #1082


In the overlapping triangles $\triangle{ABC}$ and $\triangle{ABE}$ sharing common side $AB$, $\angle{EAB}$ and $\angle{ABC}$ are right angles, $AB=4$, $BC=6$, $AE=8$, and $\overline{AC}$ and $\overline{BE}$ intersect at $D$. What is the difference between the areas of $\triangle{ADE}$ and $\triangle{BDC}$?

$\mathrm {(A)} 2 \qquad \mathrm {(B)} 4 \qquad \mathrm {(C)} 5 \qquad \mathrm {(D)} 8 \qquad \mathrm {(E)} 9 \qquad$ [asy] size(150); defaultpen(linewidth(0.4)); //Variable Declarations pair A, B, C, D, E;  //Variable Definitions A=(0, 0); B=(4, 0); C=(4, 6); E=(0, 8); D=extension(A,C,B,E);  //Initial Diagram draw(A--B--C--A--E--B); label("$A$",A,SW); label("$B$",B,SE); label("$C$",C,NE); label("$D$",D,3N); label("$E$",E,NW);  //Side labels label("$4$",A--B,S); label("$8$",A--E,W); label("$6$",B--C,ENE); [/asy]

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