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A sail is in the form of a right triangle that is three times as high as it is wide. The sail is made from 24 square meters of material. WHAT IS ITS HEIGHT???
Remember...a=1/2bh

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Use pythogorean theorem i guess.

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dont know what that means lol

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area, A = 24 = (1/2)bh
and the problem tells you that height is 3 times width (which is base), so h = 3w = 3b

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? h=3w=3b?

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??????? that doesnt make sense to me can you help me more with how to solve that again ugh

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Area = 0.5 * Base * Height
The question tells you that the height is 3 times the base. substitute what you know into the equation and you should only have one variable left. Solve for that variable.

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|dw:1348814661954:dw| Area=1/2 (x) (3x) =3/2 x^2 =24 --->x^2=16...x=4...height =3x...

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@elizabeth.a.fairweather do you get it

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@elizabeth.a.fairweather height =3x =12

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yes that does make sense thank you

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