# Problem #2223

 2223 Triangle $ABC$ has a right angle at $B$. Point $D$ is the foot of the altitude from $B$, $AD=3$, and $DC=4$. What is the area of $\triangle ABC$? $[asy] unitsize(5mm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(8pt)); dotfactor=4; pair B=(0,0), C=(sqrt(28),0), A=(0,sqrt(21)); pair D=foot(B,A,C); pair[] ps={B,C,A,D}; draw(A--B--C--cycle); draw(B--D); draw(rightanglemark(B,D,C)); dot(ps); label("A",A,NW); label("B",B,SW); label("C",C,SE); label("D",D,NE); label("3",midpoint(A--D),NE); label("4",midpoint(D--C),NE); [/asy]$ $\mathrm{(A)}\ 4\sqrt3 \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 7\sqrt3 \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 21 \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 14\sqrt3 \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ 42$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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