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Can anyone solve this? By the way, they mean AB=9, BC=10, and AC=13. Answer: 10

 Mar 14, 2019
edited by dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 14, 2019
edited by dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 15, 2019
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Here's how I did this.....there are probably more efficient ways.....

 

 

 

 

Let B = (0,0)   C = (10, 0)

Construct a circle centered at B with a radius of 9

Its equation will be   x^2 + y^2  = 81

Then....construct a circle at C  with a radius of 13

Its equation is (x - 10)^2 + y^2 = 169

These will intersect at A

We can find the x coordinate of A  thusly

Subtract the first equation from the second and we have that

(x - 10)^2 - x ^2 =  88  simplify

x^2 - 20x + 100 - x^2 = 88

-20x  = -12

x = 12/20  =  3/5

And its y coordinate is

 

(3/5)^2 + y^2 = 81

(9/25) + y^2 = 2025 /25

y^2 =  [ 2025 - 9] / 25       take the positive root

y = √[2016] / 5

 

Draw a perpendicular to BC from A  to meet BC at E

So....EAD will be a right triangle

With AE = √[2015 ] /5

And ED = 5 - 3/5 =  22/5

These will form the legs of EAD with AD the hypotenuse

 

So....

 

AE^2 + ED^2  = AD^2

2016/25 + 484/25 = AD^2

2500 / 25 =  AD^2

100 = AD^2

10 = AD

 

cool cool cool

 Mar 15, 2019
edited by CPhill  Mar 15, 2019
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Well, calc wasn't exactly allowed... Is there a way to do it without a calc?

dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 16, 2019
edited by dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 16, 2019
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I didn't use a calculator.....the final square root is easy to evaluate....

 

 

cool coolcool

CPhill  Mar 16, 2019
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Okay then. Thanks!!!

dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 16, 2019
edited by dgfgrafgdfge111  Mar 16, 2019

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