Originally Posted by
benny92000 Can someone correct me?
Problem: The diagonal of a square quilt is 4 times the square root of 2. What is the area of the quilt in square feet?
The answer is 4. <--- That is the side-length and not the area
My book suggests that we use the property of a 45 45 90 triangle to solve this. I understand that method. However, I initially attempted to solve it by using Pythagorean theorem with the diagonal being the hypotenuse. I came up with 4 x 2^(1/2) = 2 x (a^2) I proceeded to divide the left side by 2, and I did not come up with 4 for the answer. Why is this?