September 14th, 2017, 11:19 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Sep 2017 From: Australia Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Geometry Help Needed!
Help! I'm trying to make a design out of brass strips  image attached. The strips come in lengths of 900mm and are 25.4 wide. Length will need to be cut to suit including 45 degrees. How many strips are required, and at what length? For the straight pieces I figured out I would need: Straight Cut: 12 x 832... 8 x 793.9.... 4 x 806.6 ... But I can't work out the length of the right angled triangles in the centre. Help!! 
September 15th, 2017, 04:42 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 2,729 Thanks: 705 
Use the "Pythagorean theorem". If the two "legs" (sides next to the right angle) of a right triangle have length a and b then the "hypotenuse" (side opposite the right triangle) has length c where $\displaystyle c^2= a^2+ b^2$. In particular, if the legs are the same length, a= b, then $\displaystyle c^2= a^2+ a^2= 2a^2$ so that $\displaystyle c= a\sqrt{2}$. Here, it looks like the "legs" have length 832 mm. $\displaystyle \sqrt{2}$ is approximately 1.4142 so the "hypotenuses" have length (832)(1.4142)= 1177 mm.
Last edited by skipjack; September 15th, 2017 at 08:18 AM. 

Tags 
geometry, needed 
Thread Tools  
Display Modes  

Similar Threads  
Thread  Thread Starter  Forum  Replies  Last Post 
Help needed in a circle geometry question  FrenchToast  Geometry  2  February 6th, 2015 04:42 PM 
Geometry help needed :)  goluzins  Geometry  3  March 15th, 2011 08:19 PM 
Geometry Help Needed!!!!!!!!  jobu  Geometry  7  July 18th, 2009 05:46 PM 
GEOMETRY HELP NEEDED!!!!!!  jobu  Geometry  3  July 18th, 2009 05:27 PM 
Geometry question help needed  MyMathIsRusty  Geometry  1  October 15th, 2008 02:21 PM 