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for square, i dont understand how the side is calculated to be sqaure root 2?
should not that be the amount of the DIAGONAL and not the 4 sides? side = 1. perimeter = 4*1 = 4
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Guys, you can do it either way. The version with side of square = a is also correct, you only need to do the math when you arrive at 4/3√2!

4/3√2 --> multiply numerator and denominator with √2

4 √2/3√2*√2 = 4√2/3*2 --> cancel out 4 (in numerator)/2 (in denominator) = 2 so what remains is 2√2/3

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Figures X and Y above show how eight identical triangular pieces of cardboard were used to form a square and a rectangle, respectively. What is the ratio of the perimeter of X to the perimeter of Y?

(A) 2:3
(B) \(\sqrt{2}:2\)
(C) \(2\sqrt{2} :3\)
(D) 1:1
(E) \(\sqrt{2}:1\)


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My Query: I am getting A as the answer since I am trying to relate side of square as (a) and perimeter as 4a. Where am I going wrong


You are right about side of square a has perimeter 4a.

But note how the sides of each triangular piece are related. The two legs, which will be identical in all triangles are say of length L each. The triangles are right angled so the hypotenuse will be \(\sqrt{2}L\).

The square is made up of 4 hypotenuse. The perimeter will be \(4*\sqrt{2}L\).
The longer sides of the rectangle are made up of 2 legs each and the shorter sides are made up of L each.
Perimeter = 2*2L + 2L = 6L

The ratio of perimeters \(= 4*\sqrt{2} : 6 = 2\sqrt{2} : 3\)

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Figures X and Y above show how eight identical triangular pieces of cardboard were used to form a square and a rectangle, respectively. What is the ratio of the perimeter of X to the perimeter of Y?

(A) 2:3
(B) \(\sqrt{2}:2\)
(C) \(2\sqrt{2} :3\)
(D) 1:1
(E) \(\sqrt{2}:1\)


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Let the perpendicular sides of each smaller triangle be a . So hypotenuse = a\(\sqrt{2}\)
Perimeter of square = 4* a\(\sqrt{2}\)

length of rectangle = 2a and breadth = a
So, perimeter of rectangle = 2*(2a +a) = 6a

So ratio = 4* a\(\sqrt{2}\)/6a = 2\(\sqrt{2}\)/3

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Figures X and Y above show how eight identical triangular pieces of cardboard were used to form a square and a rectangle, respectively. What is the ratio of the perimeter of X to the perimeter of Y?

(A) 2:3
(B) \(\sqrt{2}:2\)
(C) \(2\sqrt{2} :3\)
(D) 1:1
(E) \(\sqrt{2}:1\)


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Let's start by gathering more information about these eight identical triangles.
First notice that we have 4 equal angles meeting at a single point.
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So, each angle must be 90°
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Now examine the red triangle below.
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The red triangle is an isosceles triangle since all 4 sides of a square are equal.
The two equal angles must add to 90°
So, each angle must be 45°
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Using similar logic, we can conclude that all of the eight triangles are 45-45-90 special right triangles.
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Now let's examine what happens if we examine one particular 45-45-90 special right triangle, which has sides of length 1, 1 and √2
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Use those lengths for all eight identical triangles in the 2 diagrams we get the following:
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At this point, we can calculate the perimeters.
Perimeter of X = √2 + √2 + √2 + √2 = 4√2
Perimeter of Y = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6

So, perimeter of X : perimeter of Y = 4√2 : 6
Divide both sides by 2 to get the equivalent ratio 2√2 : 3

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ASIDE: Please note that I didn't have to use those specific lengths (1, 1 and √2) for each of the 45-45-90 triangles.
I could have used ANY measurements that could be found in a 45-45-90 triangle.
For example, I could have used 5, 5 and 5√2, and those measurements still would have yielded the same ratio (after some simplifying)

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Let a be the side
a sqrt 2 x4 = 4a sqrt2 is oerimeter of square
And 6a is of rectangle
4a root2 :6a
2 root2:3 option C


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New post 21 Sep 2017, 22:44
This is a good question
Take √2 is a length of one side of the square
Then we have perimeter of the square = 4√2
perimeter of the rectange is 6
ten ration = 4√2 : 6
= 2√2: 3
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Bunuel wrote:
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Figures X and Y above show how eight identical triangular pieces of cardboard were used to form a square and a rectangle, respectively. What is the ratio of the perimeter of X to the perimeter of Y?

(A) 2:3
(B) \(\sqrt{2}:2\)
(C) \(2\sqrt{2} :3\)
(D) 1:1
(E) \(\sqrt{2}:1\)


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