Problem #1639


A rectangular region is bounded by the graphs of the equations $y=a, y=-b, x=-c,$ and $x=d$, where $a,b,c,$ and $d$ are all positive numbers. Which of the following represents the area of this region?

$\textbf{(A)}\ ac+ad+bc+bd\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ ac-ad$ $+bc-bd\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ ac+ad$ $-bc-bd   \quad\quad\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ -ac-ad$ $+bc+bd\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ ac-ad$ $-bc+bd$

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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.
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