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megan1710

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A square and a triangle each have an area of 64 square centimeters. If the length of one side of the triangle is the same as the length of a side of the square, find the length of the altitude of the triangle.
 

pka

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\(\displaystyle S^2 = 64\quad \& \quad \frac{{Sh}}{2} = 64\quad so\quad h = ?\)
 

Gene

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PKA assumes that the "one side" is the base of the triangle, which is necessary for a solution but not what you said.
Code:
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       .     .S |H
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(Periods are my triangle, lines are construction)
(0<H<S]
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Gene
 

pka

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Gene said:
PKA assumes that the "one side" is the base of the triangle, which is necessary for a solution but not what you said.
No Gene that is not what I did.
Any triangle has three altitudes!
Yes the question as stated is incomplete.
What I did assume to have been meant is:
“Find the altitude to the side having the same length as a side of the square”.
 
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