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If a rope is cut into three pieces of unequal length, what [#permalink]
29 Nov 2004, 19:12
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If a rope is cut into three pieces of unequal length, what is the length of the shortest of these pieces of rope?
(1) The combined length of the longer two pieces of rope is 12 meters.
(2) The combined length of the shorter two pieces of rope is 11 meters.
There are many solutions(6.1, 5.9, 5.1 or 6.3, 5.7, 5.3, etc), but Iâ€™ve plugged in and realised that a,b,c canâ€™t have any possible value. The only possible values have to fulfil the conditions above and be within certain ranges: