# Problem #1332

 1332 Two particles move along the edges of equilateral $\triangle ABC$ in the direction $$A\Rightarrow B\Rightarrow C\Rightarrow A,$$ starting simultaneously and moving at the same speed. One starts at $A$, and the other starts at the midpoint of $\overline{BC}$. The midpoint of the line segment joining the two particles traces out a path that encloses a region $R$. What is the ratio of the area of $R$ to the area of $\triangle ABC$? $\mathrm {(A)} \frac{1}{16}\qquad \mathrm {(B)} \frac{1}{12}\qquad \mathrm {(C)} \frac{1}{9}\qquad \mathrm {(D)} \frac{1}{6}\qquad \mathrm {(E)} \frac{1}{4}$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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