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**lakeheadca****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-31
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What Is The Length Of Ad To The Nearest Tenth Of A Centimeter?

1)3.6

2)6.0

3)6.4

4)4.0

Please Explain. Thank You.

*Last edited by lakeheadca (2010-06-24 17:12:40)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi lakeheadca;

Did you try to form your equations like this:

a^2 + x^2 = 6^2

a^2 + (10-x)^2 = 8^2

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**lakeheadca****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-31
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6²+8²=c²

100=c²

10=c

10x=6²

X=3.6 Ans.

But Why 10x Multiplying With X???

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct,x = 3.6. I don't understand where you do not understand.

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**ZHero****Real Member**- Registered: 2008-06-08
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ADC∼CDB

AD/AC = CD/CB

x/6 = √(6² - x²)/8

Solve for 'x'

If two or more thoughts intersect, there has to be a point!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You can subtract the top equation from the bottom one to get:

h^2 + x^2 = 6^2

h^2 + (10-x)^2 = 8^2 The h^2 will cancel when you subtract.

(10-x)^2 - x^2 = 8^2 - 6^2

100 - 20 x = 28

-20 x = -72

20 x = 72

x = 3.6

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**lakeheadca****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-31
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ZHERO:

ADC∼CDB (One triangle looks bigger than other one????) they don't looks equal. Are you saying something about ratio

Bobby:

what is a² and what is h²

if (10-x) is AD

so DB should be 10+x or the same 10-x ???

lost again. hate Pythagorean.

*Last edited by lakeheadca (2010-06-29 03:30:53)*

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**lakeheadca****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-31
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I think first time you guys came across someone who is that bad in Math

*Last edited by lakeheadca (2010-06-29 03:42:35)*

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**ZHero****Real Member**- Registered: 2008-06-08
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Yea.. The triangles are "similar" and not "congruent".

Its means that all their angles are equal and their sides are "proportional".

If two or more thoughts intersect, there has to be a point!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think first time you guys came across someone who is that bad in Math

Calm down, I am worse. If I appear better, it is only because I have been doing it longer.

You might be getting a little confused over the fact we are using 2 different methods. Don't be. Just means you have a choice of what you like and understand best. Right now you are in school, your teachers are jamming many methods down your throat. They want you to learn all of them. When you are on your own you will get to choose what you like and are good at. I like simultaneous equations and solve many problems with them.

Bobby:

what is a² and what is h²

if (10-x) is AD

so DB should be 10+x or the same 10-x ???

No, If AB = 10 and AD = x then DB = 10 - x

a is side CD so I will out it into easier notation, sorry about the confusion.

1) (CD)^2 + x^2 = 6^2 Triangle CDA

2) (CD)^2 + (10-x)^2 = 8^2 Triangle BDC

Again 2 equations and 2 unknowns. If you subtract eqtn. 1 from eqtn 2 you will eliminate (CD)^2.

Can you now solve for x?

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**lakeheadca****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-31
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Thank you Bobby. I got it. You made the problem easy.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Your Welcome!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hello allanmc0719

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Hi allanmc0719;

Sorry to hear that, hope you feel better.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, not me. I hate resting. But if you must then...

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