Problem #1316

1316.

Triangle $ABC$ has side lengths $AB = 5$, $BC = 6$, and $AC = 7$. Two bugs start simultaneously from $A$ and crawl along the sides of the triangle in opposite directions at the same speed. They meet at point $D$. What is $BD$?

$\mathrm {(A)} 1\qquad \mathrm {(B)} 2\qquad \mathrm {(C)} 3\qquad \mathrm {(D)} 4\qquad \mathrm {(E)} 5$

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  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
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