If you want to use Phytagoras then, let be the side of the square quilt therefore:
Solve this equation for .
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. 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?
Siron most probably assumed the OP was capable of determining the area of a square once he/she determined the side length.
Effective tutoring sometimes requires providing just enough information to let the OP solve the problem (or screw it up) on their own.