Problem #2096


Let $ABCD$ be a rhombus with $AC = 16$ and $BD = 30$. Let $N$ be a point on $\overline{AB}$, and let $P$ and $Q$ be the feet of the perpendiculars from $N$ to $\overline{AC}$ and $\overline{BD}$, respectively. Which of the following is closest to the minimum possible value of $PQ$?

[asy] size(200); defaultpen(0.6); pair O = (15*15/17,8*15/17), C = (17,0), D = (0,0), P = (25.6,19.2), Q = (25.6, 18.5); pair A = 2*O-C, B = 2*O-D; pair P = (A+O)/2, Q=(B+O)/2, N=(A+B)/2; draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(A--O--B--O--C--O--D); draw(P--N--Q); label("\(A\)",A,WNW); label("\(B\)",B,ESE); label("\(C\)",C,ESE); label("\(D\)",D,SW); label("\(P\)",P,SSW); label("\(Q\)",Q,SSE); label("\(N\)",N,NNE); [/asy]

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 6.5 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 6.75  \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 7 \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 7.25 \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 7.5$

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