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August 26th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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Factor this second degree polynomial

I hit an impasse when trying to isolate x from the following equation (dual second degree polynomial?):

(1.5*x)^2+x^2=3.5^2

What rules do I apply, in order to factor (1.5*x)^2+x^2 into one square expression so that I may treat it as a classic second degree polynomial (ax^2 + bx + c = 0)?

Using numberempire.com I am able to come up with concrete answers, the above resolves to 7/sqrt(13). However, I am a bit embarrassed not being able to remember my algebra and would love to know just how numberempire.com arrives at this answer. Could a kind math soul help out?
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Re: Factor this second degree polynomial

[color=#000000]I don't see why it is so difficult,

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Re: Factor this second degree polynomial

Interesting... thanks ZardoZ! I was hoping to be able to rewrite it so I could plug it into a spreadsheet, letting 1.5 (a) and 3.5 (d) being variables... it doesn't look like that is easily done though:

(a*x)^2+x^2=d^2

All I really want to arrive at, is calculating the area of a rectangle using only the ratio of the sides and the diagonal (as in, calculating the surface area of monitor, knowing only the physical resolution and diagonal size, say 1024x768 and 19"). Can this be done?
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Re: Factor this second degree polynomial

You may solve for x:









For finding the area of a rectangle armed only with the diagonal measurement d and the aspect ratio a (ratio of width x to height y), we may use:

(1)

(2)

From (1), we find and substituting into (2) we get:





Now, take x = ay, and multiply both sides by y:



Since the area A of the rectangle is xy, we have:

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This should give a fair approximation of the view-able area of the monitor - horizontal scaling may be a little different than its vertical counterpart. The link below may help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_dens ... onitor_PPI
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Re: Factor this second degree polynomial

Thanks a lot guys!
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