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Three identical squares are inscribed within a rectangle as shown above. If the area of the rectangle is 216, what is the area of one of the squares?

A. 36

B. \(36\sqrt{2}\)

C. 54

D. \(54\sqrt{2}\)

E. 72

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Three identical squares are inscribed within a rectangle as shown above. If the area of the rectangle is 216, what is the area of one of the squares?

A. 36

B. \(36\sqrt{2}\)

C. 54

D. \(54\sqrt{2}\)

E. 72

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Let side of square =a

Length of rectangle = 3* diagonal of square (as 3 squares is there) = 3*a √2
Breadth of square = diagonal of square =a √2

given Length * breadth = 216
substituting above considered diagonal values

3*a √2 * a √2 =216
a^2 =216/6 =36 unit^2

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Let the side of the squares be a.

Width of the rectangle = length of diagonal of square = \(\sqrt{2}a\)
Length of rectangle = sum of diagonals of all 3 squares = \(3*\sqrt{2}a\)

Area of rectangle = (\(\sqrt{2}a\))*(\(3*\sqrt{2}a\)) = 6\(a^2\)

Hence 6\(a^2\)=216 =>\(a^2\) = 36

Since side of square is a, the area of the square = \(a^2\)=36

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