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## way ot: math question

### Phil Smith on mon 25 aug 03

(A squared + B squared = c) (square root)

Two identical right triangles with sides of

6x8 hyp =10

Twenty miles apart.

Phil...

### iandol on wed 27 aug 03

Dear L. P. Skeen,

Twenty Miles.

Tip. When faced with a geometric or trigonometric problem, draw a =
picture to sort out the ideas. then do the math. If you make a scale =

Best regards,

Ivor Lewis.

### Carl Finch on wed 27 aug 03

At 01:06 PM 8/27/03 +0930, iandol wrote:

>Tip. When faced with a geometric or trigonometric problem, draw a picture
>to sort out the ideas. then do the math.

Good tip--I agree.

>If you make a scale diagram you can check your own answers.

Uh, oh--careful now!! That's how people "square the circle," and probably
how the Indiana Legislature felt justified to decree Pi to be twenty-two
sevenths! This latter was done to make math easier for the school children!

--Carl, whose college roommate was from Indiana and never heard the end of
that one :-)
in Medford, Oregon,

### terryh on thu 28 aug 03

a right triangle with three sides in ratio of 3:4:5 or 5:12:13
is most often used in school math quiz as they are the two smallest
pythagorean triples (a trio of whole numbers that satisfies pythagorean
theorem). then 8:15:17, .....

triangles with sides in ratio of 1:1:sqrt(2) and 1:sqrt(3):2 are
next two most often used right triangles (with 45 degrees and
60/30 degrees angles) in school math, geometry and/or trigonometrics.

students don't have to spend their precious time in exam in
computing square roots of some ugly(?) numbers. answers are
simple and elegant, mostly. especially in math quiz.
(big smile :) and with good math teachers.
terry

terry hagiwara
terryh@pdq.net
http://www.geocities.com/terry.hagiwara