Problem #2227


A rectangular yard contains two flower beds in the shape of congruent isosceles right triangles. The remainder of the yard has a trapezoidal shape, as shown. The parallel sides of the trapezoid have lengths $15$ and $25$ meters. What fraction of the yard is occupied by the flower beds?

[asy] unitsize(2mm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt));  fill((0,0)--(0,5)--(5,5)--cycle,gray); fill((25,0)--(25,5)--(20,5)--cycle,gray); draw((0,0)--(0,5)--(25,5)--(25,0)--cycle); draw((0,0)--(5,5)); draw((20,5)--(25,0)); [/asy]

$\text{(A) } \frac {1}{8} \qquad \text{(B) } \frac {1}{6} \qquad \text{(C) } \frac {1}{5} \qquad \text{(D) } \frac {1}{4} \qquad \text{(E) } \frac {1}{3}$

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