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 October 8th, 2018, 11:56 PM #1 Senior Member   Joined: Aug 2014 From: India Posts: 458 Thanks: 1 stick ratio problem A stick is broken up into 2 parts. The ratio of the lengths of the bigger part and the smaller part is equal to the ratio of the length of the full stick and bigger part. What is this ratio? How to solve this stick ratio problem? Last edited by skipjack; October 9th, 2018 at 02:08 AM. October 9th, 2018, 12:13 AM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,931 Thanks: 2207 The answer is known as the golden ratio. You need to solve the equation x = (1 + x)/x, where x the ratio to be found is x:1. This equation is equivalent to x² - x - 1 = 0. Can you solve that? October 9th, 2018, 01:11 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by skipjack The answer is known as the golden ratio. You need to solve the equation x = (1 + x)/x, where x the ratio to be found is x:1.
How you got x = (1 + x)/x? How can you tell answer is golden ratio?

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 Originally Posted by skipjack This equation is equivalent to x² - x - 1 = 0. Can you solve that?
I can solve it. October 9th, 2018, 02:30 AM #4 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,931 Thanks: 2207 By the definition of x, (bigger part):(smaller part) is x:1. Taking the smaller part's length to be 1 unit of length, the larger part has length x units and so the original full stick had length 1+x units. Hence the question implies x:1 = (1 + x):x, which is equivalent to x = (1 + x)/x. By its definition, x is positive, so x is the positive root of the quadratic equation. The golden ratio (or some other term with equivalent meaning) has been known about and studied for thousands of years. Thanks from Ganesh Ujwal October 9th, 2018, 02:40 AM   #5
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What is that definition of x? October 9th, 2018, 03:08 AM #6 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,931 Thanks: 2207 The question asks for the ratio of the lengths of the bigger part and the smaller part, which can be written as (bigger part's length):(smaller part's length) or as (bigger part's length)/(smaller part's length):1. I defined x by stating "where x the ratio to be found is x:1", which was intended to be "where the ratio to be found is x:1". I originally typed "where x is the ratio to be found", then slightly mis-edited it. Thanks from Ganesh Ujwal Tags problem, ratio, stick Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post 1729 Probability and Statistics 2 January 31st, 2015 01:45 PM Ganesh Ujwal Chemistry 0 December 18th, 2014 05:05 PM constantin Probability and Statistics 6 June 15th, 2013 04:25 AM 6284968128 Calculus 6 June 26th, 2011 05:03 PM 6284968128 Algebra 1 December 31st, 1969 04:00 PM

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