A surveyor starts at the center of a circular park with radius 7 miles.
He walks 3 miles directly east and drives a stake into the ground at point
He walk directly north until he reaches the perimeter of the park.
Then he walks directly west until he is directly north of the center,
. . and drives a stake into the ground at point
Find the distance
[The shortest solution, please.]
here's the hint:
diagonals of a rectangle are ... ?
You have a rectangle one diagonal of which is a radius, AB is the other diagonal.
Originally Posted by Soroban
Use pythagoras theorem, the shortest possible method, no need of trigonometry (Thinking)
CLUE: IT IS A SURD!!!!
don't think so ...
Originally Posted by ice_syncer
no, use pythagoras theorem.
Originally Posted by skeeter
let me guess! 7 miles may be?
^^The diagonals of a rectangle are equal, so it equals the radius, 7 miles.
I know this is a while afterwards but, the solution is quite simple.
One diagonal is a radius, so the Northern leg of the trip must be:
So, the parallel side is also , so therefore the diagonal AB must be:
And there you go.
You don't need to do that calculation. The two diagonals of a rectangle are of the same length and one of them is a radius. Since the circle is given as having radius 7 mi., the length of AB is 7 mi.