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The shaded region in the figure above represents a rectangular frame with length 18 inches and width 15 inches. The frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself. If the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, what is the length of the picture, in inches? A. \(9\sqrt2\) B. \(\frac {3}{2}\) C. \(\frac {9}{\sqrt2}\) D. \(15 ( 1  \frac {1}{\sqrt2})\) E. \(\frac {9}{2}\)
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The shaded region in the figure above represents a rectangular frame with length 18 inches and width 15 inches. The frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself. If the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, what is the length of the picture, in inches? A. \(9\sqrt2\) B. \(\frac {3}{2}\) C. \(\frac {9}{\sqrt2}\) D. \(15 ( 1  \frac {1}{\sqrt2}\) E. \(\frac {9}{2}\) Say the length and the width of the picture are \(x\) and \(y\) respectively. Since they have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, then \(\frac{x}{y}=\frac{18}{15}\) > \(y=\frac{5}{6}x\). Next, since the frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself and the whole area is \(18*15\), then the areas of the frame (shaded region) and the picture (inner region) are \(\frac{18*15}{2}=9*15\) each. The area of the picture is \(xy=9*15\) > \(x*(\frac{5}{6}x)=9*15\) > \(x^2=2*81\) > \(x=9\sqrt{2}\). Answer: A.
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The total area is 15*18=270, the area of the picture is half of the whole area = 135. the ration of the width and length of the picture is the same as the frames 15/18 or 5/6. We need to find the length of the picture 5x*6x=135, 30x^2=135, x^2=135/30, x=3/sqrt2, so the length = 6*3/sqrt2=9sqrt2
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llength of the pic and wwidth
18*15LW  Sof the frame LW  S of the pic
18/15=L/W > W= 15L/18
according to the statement 18*15LW=LW > 18*15L*15L/18=L*15L/18 > L=9\sqrt{2}
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Why do I get a different answer if I just left at l/w=18/15 than simplifying to l/w=6/5 ?? Aren't the ratios the same?



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Total area of the given figure= 18*15 = 270 Area of frame = Area of the picture => We need to divide the total area into two parts, 270/2 = 135. The frame and picture have 135 inch^2 area each. l(pic) l(frame)  =  = 6/5 ==> Area of picture = 135= 6k * 5k ==> 30k^2=135 ==> k =3/sqrt(2). So, l(pic)= 6* 3/sqrt(2) = 9*sqrt(2) w(pic) w(frame)



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Hi Math Experts,
I am unable to understand the reason to divide by 2 as stated in the reply, can somebody help?
since the frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself and the whole area is \(18*15\), then the areas of the frame (shaded region) and the picture (inner region) are \(\frac{18*15}{2}=9*15\) each



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Stiv wrote: Attachment: Frame.png The shaded region in the figure above represents a rectangular frame with length 18 inches and width 15 inches. The frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself. If the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, what is the length of the picture, in inches? A. \(9\sqrt2\) B. \(\frac {3}{2}\) C. \(\frac {9}{\sqrt2}\) D. \(15 ( 1  \frac {1}{\sqrt2})\) E. \(\frac {9}{2}\) We see that the total area of the frame and the picture is 18 x 15 = 270. Since we know that the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the length and width of the frame, let’s denote the length of the picture by 18k and the width of the picture by 15k, where k is some positive constant. Then, the area of the picture is (18k)(15k) = 270k^2 The area of the frame can be found by subtracting the area of the picture from the total area of the frame and the picture: 270  270k^2 Since the area of the frame is equal to the area of the picture, we have: 270  270k^2 = 270k^2 270(1  k^2) = 270k^2 1  k^2 = k^2 2k^2 = 1 k^2 = 1/2 k = 1/√2 Since the length of the picture was represented by 18k, the length is 18(1/√2) = 18/√2 = (18/√2)*√2/√2= 18√2/2 = 9√2. Answer: A
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Bunuel wrote: Stiv wrote: Attachment: Frame.png The shaded region in the figure above represents a rectangular frame with length 18 inches and width 15 inches. The frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself. If the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, what is the length of the picture, in inches? A. \(9\sqrt2\) B. \(\frac {3}{2}\) C. \(\frac {9}{\sqrt2}\) D. \(15 ( 1  \frac {1}{\sqrt2}\) E. \(\frac {9}{2}\) Say the length and the width of the picture are \(x\) and \(y\) respectively. Since they have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, then \(\frac{x}{y}=\frac{18}{15}\) > \(y=\frac{5}{6}x\). Next, since the frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself and the whole area is \(18*15\), then the areas of the frame (shaded region) and the picture (inner region) are \(\frac{18*15}{2}=9*15\) each. The area of the picture is \(xy=9*15\) > \(x*(\frac{5}{6}x)=9*15\) > \(x^2=2*81\) > \(x=9\sqrt{2}\). Answer: A. bunuel why do place x in place of y? x∗(5/6x)
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SandhyAvinash wrote: Bunuel wrote: Stiv wrote: Attachment: Frame.png The shaded region in the figure above represents a rectangular frame with length 18 inches and width 15 inches. The frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself. If the length and width of the picture have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, what is the length of the picture, in inches? A. \(9\sqrt2\) B. \(\frac {3}{2}\) C. \(\frac {9}{\sqrt2}\) D. \(15 ( 1  \frac {1}{\sqrt2}\) E. \(\frac {9}{2}\) Say the length and the width of the picture are \(x\) and \(y\) respectively. Since they have the same ratio as the lenght and width of the frame, then \(\frac{x}{y}=\frac{18}{15}\) > \(y=\frac{5}{6}x\).Next, since the frame encloses a rectangular picture that has the same area as the frame itself and the whole area is \(18*15\), then the areas of the frame (shaded region) and the picture (inner region) are \(\frac{18*15}{2}=9*15\) each. The area of the picture is \(xy=9*15\) > \(x*(\frac{5}{6}x)=9*15\) > \(x^2=2*81\) > \(x=9\sqrt{2}\). Answer: A. bunuel why do place x in place of y? x∗(5/6x) In \(xy=9*15\), we substitute y in terms of x, which we found above (check the highlighted part) to get \(x*(\frac{5}{6}x)=9*15\). This allows us to get an equation with only one variable x, and solve it.
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