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x2862
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Problem with a square
« on: Mar 24^{th}, 2010, 2:48am » 
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I'm pretty good at coordinate geometry but this problem a friend gave me is stumping me. any ideas? Should I be using the law of cosines? A square with a side of length x has a interior point of p. the location of point p is shuch that the distance to 3 corners of the square is 500, 300, and 400 feet measured in a clockwise direction.what is the length of the side of the square?

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towr
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You can solve it algebraically. There are two ways to put the three distances in the square (see attachment). Putting the origin at the left lower corner, you can pick an xcoordinate for P, and calculate the rest from there by solving x = sqrt(3^{2}a^{2}) + sqrt(4^{2}a^{2}) x = a + sqrt(5^{2}(3^{2}a^{2})) or for the second case x = sqrt(4^{2}b^{2}) + sqrt(5^{2}b^{2}) x = b + sqrt(3^{2}(4^{2}b^{2})) It doesn't give particularly nice answers though.

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Re: Problem with a square
« Reply #4 on: Mar 24^{th}, 2010, 5:57pm » 
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on Mar 24^{th}, 2010, 11:00am, towr wrote:I don't see any way to use that. 
 Sorry about that, I posted that link without trying it myself. In any case, it is kind of related to the problem and some people might find it interesting.


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