Partition a Square

• Apr 1st 2007, 05:15 AM
aznmartinjai
Partition a Square
A square measuring 10 centimeter on a side is divided by vertical and horizontal line segment into rectangles with area of 12, 18, 28, and 42 square centimeters. Where should the vertical and horizontal lines be located? Draw a diagram.
• Apr 1st 2007, 08:43 AM
Soroban
Hello, aznmartinjai!

Quote:

A square measuring 10 centimeter on a side
is divided by a vertical and a horizontal line segment
into rectangles with area of 12, 18, 28, and 42 cm².
Where should the vertical and horizontal lines be located? .Draw a diagram.

Code:

```          x      10-x       * - - - * - - - - - *       |      |          |     y |  12  |    18    | y       |      |          |       * - - - + - - - - - *       |      |          |       |      |          |  10-y |  28  |    42    |       |      |          |       |      |          |       * - - - * - - - - - *```

In the upper-left, we have a rectangle: .xy .= .12 . [1]

In the upper-right, another rectangle: .y(10 - x) .= .18 .[2]

From [2], we have: .10y - xy .= .18
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Substitute [1]: . . . 10y - 12 .= .18 . . 10y = 30 . . y = 3

Substitute into [1]: .x·3 = 12 . . x = 4

The solution looks like this:
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```          4        6       * - - - * - - - - - *       |      |          |     3 |  12  |    18    |       |      |          |       * - - - + - - - - - *       |      |          |       |      |          |     7 |  28  |    42    |       |      |          |       |      |          |       * - - - * - - - - - *```