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April 6th, 2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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Help with Geometry Problem!



PLease help.
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Re: Help with Geometry Problem!

Well, we know the top triangle is similar to the equilateral triangle, so we know all the angles in the figure. We also have that all the sides of a square are the same...

Post your progress and we can recommend paths to take.
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April 6th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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Well, the thing is, I have no clue how to figure out one side of the square! If I could have that then the problem would be solved. I tried cutting the triangle in half and finding the height, but that doesn't help me, since I need to limit myself to finding something about the square.
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Re: Help with Geometry Problem!

Let t be the side length of the triangle and s be the side length of the square. Drop a vertical from vertex B to the top of the square and label the length of this line segment . Thus the height s of the square is:



Let x be the distance from vertex A to the point of intersection of the square on side AB. By similarity, we have:



This gives:



Multiply through by t - s:









Then the area A of the square is given by:



With t = 10 in., this gives, to the nearest tenth:

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April 6th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thanks MarkFL.
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April 6th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: Help with Geometry Problem!

Hello, rokr32!

Another approach . . .


Quote:
Equilateral triangle with sides of 10 inches,
Find the area of the inscribed square to nearest tenth.


Code:
            A
            *
           / \
        x /   \ x
         /     \
      D *-------* E
       /|   x   |\
      / |x     x| \ 10-x
     /  |       |  \
  B *---*-------*---* C
      y F   x   G y






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In [color=#00AA00]MarkFL[/color]'s notation, so

Rearranging gives etc.
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April 7th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #8
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Wow thanks for the different approach soroban, it is easier to understand.

I just had the test today and got a 93 on this stuff. Not too happy about it, but also not bummed. Thanks to you guys
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