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**cooljackiec****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-13
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Two sides of an obtuse triangle are 16 and 21. How many possible lengths are there for the third side, if it is a positive integer?

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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In a triangle,a side must be smaller than the sum of other two sides,so the third side will be smaller than 16+21=37,which means there are 36 possible lengths.

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

It has to be less than that, sides 1,2,3,4,5 are not possible. Taking into account that the triangle must be obtuse may make that even less.

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**cooljackiec****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-13
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yea, I used several equations

EDIT: i got it

Two altitudes of a triangle have lengths 12 and 14. What is the longest possible length of the third altitude, if it is a positive integer?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Lengths 6 to 13 work for the first problem. There are 8 solutions.

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Sorry,i mistook.by the way why won't 27 to 36 work for the first problem

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am getting 18 solutions for the first problem.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Ah, yes, 27 to 36 also work. 18 solutions it is.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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cooljackie wrote:

Two altitudes of a triangle have lengths 12 and 14. What is the longest possible length of the third altitude, if it is a positive integer?

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Hello bobbym;

I need to see your solution and how you know it is right.:)

I could not get this one.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am not at all sure on this one. It required some research and some M to get the job done.

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Doesn't that number appear to be too large?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Doesn't that number appear to be too large?

Not really, that can verified. What I do not get is why I am having so much trouble drawing it in geogebra. Did you have more luck there?

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Your brother tried to help me with it while you were sleeping. I do not handle geogebra that well. How do you know that answer is okay?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Calculations are proving the triangle is feasible but until I can illustrate it, I have no faith in the answer...

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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I got that answer now too! Your brother is a great mathematician.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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He is really good at differential geometry. He is more physics oriented than I am too.

Where are we going for your birthday?

Any place where you are paying. I am not particular.

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Any place where you are paying. I am not particular.

How wonderful of you but I can do that.

Please post all the results when you get them.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I will probably post them in Computer math once I have a working geogebra solution to it.

How wonderful of you

Cmon, you are embarassing me.

I had planned on playing some pool on that day or maybe some bball against the local toughs. Something physical...

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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You should just take it easy and relax. We can watch a Cameron Diaz movie. Your choice

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Oh boy! I never could turn that down.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Try the triangle with

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2013-05-30 03:01:42)*

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

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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