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New post 21 Sep 2017, 20:44
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Hi Bunuel

Since you say it's better to solve (when we get an equation like a^2 − 32a −32=0, as we cannot assume that one value will be positive and the other neg.) Would you mind posting a complete resolution to this problem? i.e. including your calculations to get to the positive and negative (invalid) solution.

I am asking this as I think you might be doing the calculus in a much more straightforward way than I am.

Thanks in advance!


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New post 06 Nov 2017, 20:02
Can someone correct where am i going wrong?

let diameter = d
long side: d-2
short side: d /3

using Pythagorean theorem
d^2 = (d-2)^2 + (d/3)^2 or
d^2 = d^2 + 4 - 4d + d^2/9 subtracting d^2 on both sides
0 = 4 - 4d + d^2/9
multiplying both sides by 9
d^2 - 36d - 36 = 0

this is a different equation that derived in the original expert ans. What am I missing here?
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Can someone correct where am i going wrong?

let diameter = d
long side: d-2
short side: d /3

using Pythagorean theorem
d^2 = (d-2)^2 + (d/3)^2 or
d^2 = d^2 + 4 - 4d + d^2/9 subtracting d^2 on both sides
0 = 4 - 4d + d^2/9
multiplying both sides by 9
d^2 - 36d - 36 = 0

this is a different equation that derived in the original expert ans. What am I missing here?


You have: d^2 = (d-2)^2 + (d/3)^2
Original solution: a^2 -32a-32=0

Do you see the difference? You have d, while the OE has a (longer side).
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We know the ratio of the length of the right triangle (1: \sqrt{3}: 2) and since the larger side is 2 meters less than the diagonal.
Can't we just assume that d is equal to 2x = x\sqrt{3} + 2 ?
And so we just need statement A to figure out the perimeter ?

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We know the ratio of the length of the right triangle (1: \sqrt{3}: 2) and since the larger side is 2 meters less than the diagonal.
Can't we just assume that d is equal to 2x = x\sqrt{3} + 2 ?
And so we just need statement A to figure out the perimeter ?

Thank you


Do we know that the diagonal will divide the rectangle into 30-60-90 triangles? No. Why it cannot be say 1-89-90? Or 7.5-82.5-90?
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Understood. Very clear. Thank you for the quick reply.


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Simba9 wrote:
Hi Bunuel

Since you say it's better to solve (when we get an equation like a^2 − 32a −32=0, as we cannot assume that one value will be positive and the other neg.) Would you mind posting a complete resolution to this problem? i.e. including your calculations to get to the positive and negative (invalid) solution.

I am asking this as I think you might be doing the calculus in a much more straightforward way than I am.

Thanks in advance!


Here you go!! I know it's a bit late but it might be useful for others as well.

\(a^2 -32a-32=0\). You can't solve this using factorization. So we should use other method

\(D = \sqrt{b^2-4*a*c}\)

\(D = \sqrt{(-32)^2-4*1*(-32)}\)

\(D = \sqrt{(32 * 32) + (4*32)}\)

\(D = \sqrt{32 * (32 + 4)}\)

\(D = \sqrt{32 * 36}\)

\(D = 24 \sqrt{2}\)

\(D = 34\) approx.

\(x = \frac{(-b + D)}{(2*a)}\)

\(a =\frac{(- - 32 + 34)}{(2*1)}\)

\(a = \frac{(32 + 34)}{2}\)

\(a = 33\)

\(x = \frac{(-b - D)}{(2* a)}\)
\(a = \frac{(- - 32 - 34)}{(2*1)}\)
\(a = \frac{(32 - 34)}{2}\)
\(a = \frac{-2}{2}\) = -1 Not Applicable.

so a = 33, we can calculate value of b. And Perimeter of Rectangle as well.
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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. If longer side has two value ,then shorter side will have two value then how will we come to solution the value of perimeter?
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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. If longer side has two value ,then shorter side will have two value then how will we come to solution the value of perimeter?


I'd suggest to solve a^2 -32a-32=0 and see what you get. I think this will clear your doubts.
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