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# If the diagonal of a square of side √6 is the side of an equilateral

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If the diagonal of a square of side √6 is the side of an equilateral triangle, what is the area of this triangle?

A. (3/8)·√3
B. (3/4)·√3
C. (3/2)·√3
D. 2·√6
E. 3·√3

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05 Aug 2017, 18:26
Bunuel wrote:

If the diagonal of a square of side √6 is the side of an equilateral triangle, what is the area of this triangle?

A. (3/8)·√3
B. (3/4)·√3
C. (3/2)·√3
D. 2·√6
E. 3·√3

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The diagonal of a square is s√2, because the diagonal is the hypotenuse of a 45-45-90 triangle, with side ratio $$x: x : x\sqrt{2}$$

If square side is √6, its diagonal is √6 * √2 = √12

Side of equilateral triangle therefore is √12. Formula for area of equilateral triangle is

$$\frac{s^2\sqrt{3}}{4}$$

$$\frac{(√12)^2 * \sqrt{3}}{4}$$ =

$$\frac{12\sqrt{3}}{4}$$ =

3√3

If you don't know or don't remember the formula for the area of an equilateral triangle, draw its median (straight line from one vertex to opposite segment). The median of an equilateral triangle is a perpendicular bisector (of both angle and opposite side), and the altitude. You'll have two 30-60-90 triangles. Find the area of the equilateral triangle from there.
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06 Aug 2017, 00:41
the height of the equilateral triangle is side* (sqrt 3/2)
so [sqrt 6*(sqrt 3/2) * sqrt 6 ]/2
so it is 3 sqrt 3
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06 Aug 2017, 01:49
Diagonal = side of equilateral triangle.
Hence, diagonal = 2sqrt(3) by Pythagoras theorem on square of side sqrt(6)

Now, aread of triangle = sqrt(3)/4 (side)^2 = 3sqrt(3).
Hence, option E
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