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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
You can use the pythagorean theorem since it has a right angle. Are you familiar with it?
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
do you know what a hypotenuse is?
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so the pythagorean theorem is: \[ a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \] where c is the hypotenuse. since this is an isosceles triangle, a = b, don't you think?
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so can you take it form here? since a = b, \( a^2 + a^2 = c^2 \)
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
what is a and what is like what do you plug in
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
well let me ask, what is a hypotenuse?
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
the longset side of a right triangle
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
very good! which is the side *directly* across from the right angle. so the other two sides would be 'a' and 'b', but this triangle is isosceles so a = b. therefore a is an unknown that we want to solve for and 'c' is the length of the hypotenuse
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so if we have \(a^2 + a^2 = c^2\) where \( c = 36 \) we only have 1 unknown so we should be able to solve this like a regular algebra problem.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
are you still confused? all that's left is to simplify this equation and solve.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
show me your steps. i don't that's right.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
what is \( a^2 + a^2 \) ?
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
(@victor, please consider that the best way for a person to learn something is to have the person discover it on their own rather than just giving that person an answer.)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
there's no reason you can't do it yourself, though. you have an equation. where are you getting stuck? show me your work and i can help you.
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
can we start from the beginning im soo sorry!
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
the pythagorean theorem states that (for a right triangle): \[ a^2 + b^2 = c^2\]where c is the hypotenuse. we have the hypotenuse in this case, as you pointed out, and it equals 36, agree?
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Victor_HugoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
It's an isosceles triangle so it has two equal sides and therefor two equal angles. If you add the inner angles of any triangle the result will be 180º. You already know 1 angle = 90º. 18090=90 And since the two other angles are equal you have 90/2=45. Now that you have all the angles you can use trigonometry and achieve the value of the sides. I recommend you use "sin" or "tan" (as expressed on a calculator).
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
but this is an isosceles triangle, so the two remaining sides are equal in length, would you agree?
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Victor_HugoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Of course, you only need the value of one side.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so since the two remaining sides are \(a\) and \(b\), we know that \(a =b \) therefore we can simplify the equation to this: \( a^2 + a^2 = c^2 \)
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
okay and c2 is 36 right so a2+a2= 36^2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
exactly! so what does \( a^2 + a^2\) equal? we can reduce this to one term.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
not quite. how about this, what does \( x + x \) equal?
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
what if i wrote it this way: \( 1x+ 1x \)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
that wouldn't work. think about if x = 2, 1x + 1x = 1(2) + 1(2) = 4, but 2x^2 = 2(2)^2 = 8 so those two expressions are not equal. when you add terms of the same variable, you just add their "coefficients," the number in front of the variable.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
no x is a variable, not a number. x can be *any* number
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
no just add the numbers *in front* of the variable. x = 1x
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
right! so now let's look at the original equation, what is \( a^2 + a^2 \)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
keep in mind that \(a^2 \) is the same thing as \(1a^2\)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
there are no x's in this equation. that was just as an aside example. the question here is to simplify \(a^2 + a^2\) you know that \( x + x = 2x\), so use that same *idea* and apply it to the other equation.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
you don't add the exponents, just the coefficients. \( x = 1x = x^1 = 1x^1 \) are all the same same
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
very good! so let's look at our original equation: \(a^2 + a^2 = 36^2 \) = \(2a^2 = 36^2\)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
yes it is, that's how we eliminated the b^2 and replaced it with another a^2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so now our equation is \(2a^2 = 36^2\) do you know how to solve algebra problems? that's all this is.
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
so i multiply 36 times 36 and divide it by 2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
that would be represented like so: \(a^2 = \frac{36^2}{2} \) then you just take the square root of both sides to get 'a' = something
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
not quite, remember, it's: 36 * 36 / 2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
first do 36 * 36, then divide that answer by 2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
very good! so we're left with: \( a^2 = 648\) just take the square root of both sides and you have your answer!
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
but thats not one of the anwsers
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
what are the answers?
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safia21Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
a) 18 b) 18√2 c) 36 d) 36√2
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
well one of those answers roughly equals the number you got.
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
that's right! congrats :)
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heisenbergBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
no problem :) i'm glad you wanted to learn rather than just want the answer. it'll always work out better that way. trust me ;)
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