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What is the length of hypotenuse K?

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What is the length of hypotenuse K?

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Re: Find the length of hypotenuse K [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2017, 01:57
The solution holds anyway the question is posted so I go on.

Let's recognize that the left hand triangle is a 5-12-13 triangle (Pitagorean triplet) so that we can derive the horizontal leg of the right hand side triangle as 12.2-5 = 7.2.

Now, let's notice that the two triangles are similar: they have the three angles equal among them so that the ratio between legs is 12/7.2

Then, since all the other sides must maintain the same ratio, we know that 12/7.2 = 13/k, from which we can derive k = 7.8
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Re: Find the length of hypotenuse K [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2017, 14:09
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The solution holds anyway the question is posted so I go on.

Let's recognize that the left hand triangle is a 5-12-13 triangle (Pitagorean triplet) so that we can derive the horizontal leg of the right hand side triangle as 12.2-5 = 7.2.

Now, let's notice that the two triangles are similar: they have the three angles equal among them so that the ratio between legs is 12/7.2

Then, since all the other sides must maintain the same ratio, we know that 12/7.2 = 13/k, from which we can derive k = 7.8



how can you make sure "they have the three angles equal among them so that the ratio between legs is 12/7.2"
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Re: Find the length of hypotenuse K [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2019, 17:22
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Re: Find the length of hypotenuse K [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2019, 09:36
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Re: Find the length of hypotenuse K [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2019, 21:07
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Any more explanations for this question?


Plz see the diag. below

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Now the left hand triangle is a 5-12-13 triangle (Pitagorean triplet) ( it can also be dudced by pythogorus theorem as the unkown side = \sqrt{13^2 - 12^2} = 5)

Since the left part of the triangle has got the base 5, hence the base of the other triangle = 12.2 - 5 = 7.2

Now both triangles are similar ( Angle - angle -angle)

and hence the side can be deduced in the form:

\(\frac{7.2}{12}= \frac{k}{13}\)

or \(k = 7.8\)
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