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If a square region has area x, what is the length of its diagonal in

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If a square region has area x, what is the length of its diagonal in terms of x?

(A) √x
(B) √(2x)
(C) 2√x
(D) x√2
(E) 2x

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27 Sep 2017, 05:56
Bunuel wrote:
If a square region has area x, what is the length of its diagonal in terms of x?

(A) √x
(B) √(2x)
(C) 2√x
(D) x√2
(E) 2x

Because $$s^2$$ = area of a square:

$$s^2 = x$$
$$s = \sqrt{x}$$

A square's diagonal* is given by $$s\sqrt{2}$$

$$\sqrt{x} * \sqrt{2} = \sqrt{2x}$$

*OR use Pythagorean theorem, where hypotenuse = diagonal = d

$$(\sqrt{x})^2 + (\sqrt{x})^2 = d^2$$
$$2x = d^2$$
$$\sqrt{2x} = \sqrt{d^2}$$
$$d =\sqrt{2x}$$
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