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    Find length of diagonal across 8.5-by-11 inch sheet

    Standard letter paper is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches long. To the nearest tenth of an inch, what is the diagonal distance d across the paper?

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    Hint: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

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    Find length of diagonal across 8.5-by-11 inch sheet

    Can somebody else than Eliz be more willing to show some work so I can see if i did it correctly. Eliz. Thanks for the "tip" but you didn't really help much.

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    SaeLK, if you're unfamiliar with the Pythagorean Theorem, then you need classroom help...or at least (if you're not too busy or tired) look it up: use Google

    Have a nice day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaeLk
    Can somebody else than Eliz be more willing to show some work so I can see if i did it correctly.
    If you've done the exercise, then please show your work. We'll be glad to check to see if you did this correctly.

    Note: Since you used some method other than the Pythagorean Theorem (or, which is the same thing, the Distance Formula), please state what method you used when you reply.

    Thank you.

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    [tex]a^{2}+b^{2}=c^{2}[/tex]

    I'll let you write the letters on the paper and maybe figure out how to fold it just right.
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    Find length of diagonal across 8.5-by-11 inch sheet

    8.5^2 in + 11^2 in.

    a^2 + b^2 = d ?

    d = 193.25 or d = 13.901.....

    72.25 + 121 = 193.25

    This method I used to get the answer.

    but my first one was 11 in - 8.5 in. = 2.5 in
    then 11 + 2.5 = 13.5 in was my answer.

    I'm not sure which answer is the correct one. or even if i have a correct answer.

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    Hey, well done Saelk!

    The math gurus like to see:
    let d = diagonal; then:
    d^2 = 8.5^2 + 11^2
    d^2 = 72.25 + 121
    d^2 = 193.25
    d = sqrt(193.25)
    d = ~13.90143....
    d = 13.9 (nearest 10th)

    Now take a sheet of 8.5 by 11, draw the diagonal,
    then measure it with your ruler: 13.9 looks good ?

    And if you CUT along the diagonal, you're left with 2 triangles,
    same size and with right angle, right?
    I'm just an imagination of your figment !

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