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Two steel poles have diameters of 12 inches and 36 inches.  A wire bundles both of them together.  What is the shortest possible length of the wire?

 May 22, 2020
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 May 22, 2020
edited by ElectricPavlov  May 22, 2020
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Two steel poles have diameters of 12 inches and 36 inches.  A wire bundles both of them together.  What is the shortest possible length of the wire?

 

The shortest length of the wire is  129.534 inches.   

 

( The diagram, I hope, explains everything. )  smiley

 

 

 May 23, 2020
edited by Dragan  May 23, 2020
edited by Dragan  May 26, 2020

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