Finding the radius of a circle... impossible?

Bailey232008

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I’ve been working on this for too long. I almost posted this in the Odds and Ends section because I think it’s going to entail more than just geometry. Give this one a shot. Could be a fun challenge for you vets out there if it’s even possible. If you want the back story behind how I came up with it let me know.
The only information provided is what you see in the picture. Solve by any means necessary...BC26203E-C320-42A6-976D-4E7C9E405721.jpeg
 

MarkFL

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By Heron, the area \(A\) of the triangle is:

\(\displaystyle A=22.5\sqrt{(R+22.5)(R-22.5)}\)

We also know:

\(\displaystyle A=22.5(R-5)\)

This implies:

\(\displaystyle \sqrt{(R+22.5)(R-22.5)}=R-5\)

Solving this, we find:

\(\displaystyle R=53.125\)
 

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I’ve been working on this for too long. I almost posted this in the Odds and Ends section because I think it’s going to entail more than just geometry. Give this one a shot. Could be a fun challenge for you vets out there if it’s even possible. If you want the back story behind how I came up with it let me know.
The only information provided is what you see in the picture. Solve by any means necessary...View attachment 20083
Please look at this webpage
On it we see \(R=\dfrac{c^2}{8h}+\dfrac{h}{2}\)
From the above diagram \(c=45'~\&~h=5'\).
 

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Draw a line from where it says 45 to the center of the circle. This gives you a right triangle. What are the lengths of the three sides of this right triangle. Now ask Pythagorous for help.
 

Bailey232008

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Draw a line from where it says 45 to the center of the circle. This gives you a right triangle. What are the lengths of the three sides of this right triangle. Now ask Pythagorous for help.
You lack the interior angle, so this method doesn’t work
 

Bailey232008

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Mark and Pka,

great stuff, appreciate the help
 

Dr.Peterson

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You lack the interior angle, so this method doesn’t work
You misunderstood Jomo's suggestion, which doesn't use any angles. In fact, this is how the formula pka gave is derived!

The sides of the triangle are r-h, c/2, and r (the hypotenuse), and solving the Pythagorean theorem for r yields the formula.
 

Jomo

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You lack the interior angle, so this method doesn’t work
As already mentioned Pythagorous' theorem does not use angles. you have the 3 sides of the right triangle in terms of R. What seems to be the problem?
 

jonah2.0

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Beer goggles hallucination follows.

Looked at the picture and saw 45° instead of 45'. Ended up thinking R as roughly 65.69.
 

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yoscar04

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Following Jomo's suggestion using straightforward Pythagoras theorem, you should get R=53.125.
 
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