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Three squares are shown in the diagram. The largest has side AB of length 1. The others have side AC of length x and side DE of length y. As D moves along AB, find the values of x and y for which x2+y2 is a minimum. What is this minimum?
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Three squares are shown in the diagram. The largest has side AB of length 1. The others have side AC of length x and side DE of length y. As D moves along AB, find the values of x and y for which x2+y2 is a minimum. What is this minimum?
 2 years ago
 2 years ago

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dpaIncBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
do you mean x^2 + y^2 is a minimum?
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dpaIncBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
dw:1332460004291:dw as D moves along AB i'm assuming the smallest square stays a square. correct?
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apoorvkBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
yeah, and F will always lie on the side of the the other square as it slides!
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dpaIncBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
looks like a lot of similar triangles to equate these variables...
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