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can someone please help me with this geometry question?? in right triangle ACE, line BD is parallel to line AE, and line BD is perpendicular to line EC at D. the length of line BD is 3 feet, and the length of line CD is 4 feet. what is the length in feet of line AE
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can someone please help me with this geometry question?? in right triangle ACE, line BD is parallel to line AE, and line BD is perpendicular to line EC at D. the length of line BD is 3 feet, and the length of line CD is 4 feet. what is the length in feet of line AE
 one year ago
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
First you need to find BC
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
do you know how to do this?
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
now set up the following ratio AE/BD = AC/BC x/3 = 20/5 solve for x
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ashleybBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
but why do u set up a ratio?
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
because the ratio of AE to BD is the same as the ratio of AC to BC
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
basically, to go from BD to AE, you multiply by 4 to go from BC to AC, you also multiply by 4
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
so the bigger triangle has side lengths that are 4 times larger than the smaller triangle
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jim_thompson5910Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
setting up a ratio is similar to that idea
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ashleybBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
oh ok i get it! thank you for your help
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