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#1 2006-04-16 04:26:04

ro
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need triangle measurement

I have a square table that is 32.5" on each side.  I want to put a round top on this table. so in order to know the size of the round top, I need to know the diagonal measurementof the square table. HELP.

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#2 2006-04-16 04:49:26

Patrick
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Re: need triangle measurement

ro wrote:

I have a square table that is 32.5" on each side.  I want to put a round top on this table. so in order to know the size of the round top, I need to know the diagonal measurementof the square table. HELP.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean, but I'm pretty sure that the good old Pythagorean Theorem is the tool you need


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#3 2006-04-16 05:57:20

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Re: need triangle measurement

Patrick is right. Using Pythagoras, you can work out the diagonal of the table as √(32.5²+32.5²) = 46.0".


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#4 2006-04-16 06:04:52

ro
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Re: need triangle measurement

thank you for the 46" measurement. I understand that it is the sq root of 32.5" sqd + 32.5" sqd, but (for future referrence) is there a formula that I can use for other such problems??  I mean how would I have found the sq root of c sqd to come up with the answer?

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#5 2006-04-16 06:34:05

Patrick
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Re: need triangle measurement

Hmm, let me guess, you've never used the formula have you? It should be pretty straight forward if you had..

<- this is the formula I'm talking about..

If you havn't, you might wonna look a bit at this link: Mathsisfuns's explanation of the method

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