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Re: Geometry problem - Equal areas between triangle and square [#permalink]

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15 Aug 2010, 23:32

I thought this was a good problem. I overlooked that the triangle was equilateral the first time. I was looking at the shape and not the labels. One reason to always redraw figures!

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one quick question where I am stumped. When you square root a square root is that where you are getting the 4th root?

Yes.

\(\sqrt{3} = 3^{\frac{1}{2}}\)

When you take the root again, you get \((3^{\frac{1}{2}})^{\frac{1}{2}}\) which is equal to \(3^{\frac{1}{4}}\) In other words, it the fourth root of 3.
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A. 2 : 3 formula of area for equilateral triangles includes irrational number and area of square is the sides squared, a result without irrational number. One side must have an irrational number and therefore 2:3 cannot not be correct. B. 16 : 3 same reasoning as above. C. 4 : (3)^(1/2) Trick to see whether the final root was taken D. 2 : (3)^(1/4) True statement E. 4 : (3)^(1/4) Trick to test whether you're precise enough when selecting answer choices.

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