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A sailboat sail is triangular with a height 10ft greater than it's base. If the sails area is 72 sq ft, find it's base and height.

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did you try drawing a picture?
what's the area of a triangle in terms of height and base?
actually you dont really need a picture A=1/2b*h

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Ok so what's next?
so you have an equation for b and h
you need one more equation, since you have two unknowns.
Ok..
"a height 10ft greater than it's base." try to write an equation based on that statement
I have no clue lol
i get lost on these problems
if b is 6 what is h?
10
because 10 is 10 more than 6?
yes
what's 6 plus 10
16
so 16 is 10 more than 6
if b=6 h=16
if b=7 h=?
16
?
because 16 is 10 more than 7...
so my answer is 7, 16
this was fun.
the computer again said that was wrong?
??
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so what is my answer?
for the base and heig
t?
You have to solve for x.
X(x+10) / 2??
now?
Good job Denebel. KE, if you can't follow simple instructions, nobody will help you. Nobody is just going to post the answer.
\[72=\frac{ 1 }{ 2 }x(x+h)\] Do you know how to solve for x?
Yes but it comes out to be like a square root.. I'm not stupid or anything
prove it.
prove what?
wow.
Um excuse me Mrs. wrong answer giver Algebraic I can block u also...
Ok, what did you do so far?
when I divided the equation u told me to divide i got 2 big square roots
? Can you show me the steps? Draw or write it out.
I'm not even sure if i worked it right? I put it in my calcuator
If you don't mind me asking, what math are you taking?
Intermediate.
Is there a particular subject? On the cover of your textbook? Have you learned about distribution?
Also, how did you type x(x+10) in your calculator...
Have u ever used a graphing calucator?? u can type that in to that
what did you get for a base?
Yes the particular subject is intermediate math i believe i said that
I don't even know now people are making me mad on here tonight
well assuming you have a graphing calculator i put down (1/2)(x(x+10))-72 find when y=0 and got x=8
ok
sorry for above shouldve check this sooner
huh?
|dw:1347075231860:dw|
duh ok i already knew that.... ...... but is that my base or height????
It's nothing, you have to solve for x first. It's just an equation so you find your base and height.
Ok did i just not solve this same one though?
Which other equation did you solve?
I thought i just solved this one
x=-18,8 ???? is that right
well the base cant be negative so just x=8
Measurements of an object can be negative. |dw:1347075538826:dw|
so my base is 8 and my height is -18???
so much fail.
what?
Oops typo there, I mean CAN'T
Denebel u have me lost...
the height was 10 more than the base if the base if 8 8+10 =18 case closed
so my base is 18 and my height is 10?
@completeidiot Also has to satisfy A=72
no... base is 8 height is 18...... 8*18=144 144/2=72 GAHHHHHHHH
Oops sorry My brain is wacked. I typed it in my calculator wrong.
LOL Yes @KE8717504 , completeidiot is correct
THANK YOU SO MUCH @completeidiot
@Denebel i'm starting to wonder if u know what ur doing.. and u are very confusing.

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