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    Right Triangle

    A right triangle has one vertex on the graph of
    y = 9 - x^2, x > 0, at (x, y), another at the origin, and the thiurd on the positive x-axis at (x, 0). Express the area A of the triangle as a function of x.
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    The base of your triangle is your x-coordinate, and the height of the triangle is your y-coordinate. For a triangle, the area is given by

    A = \frac{1}{2}(base)(height), so

    A = \frac{1}{2}(x)(y)

    A = \frac{1}{2}(x)(9-x^2)

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A = \frac{9x - x^3}{2}<br />
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    Hello, magentarita!

    Henderson is absolutely correct!
    Did you make a sketch? . . . It's very simple.


    A right triangle has one vertex on the graph of y \:=\: 9 - x^2,\;\;x > 0,\text{ at }(x, y),
    another at the origin, and the third on the positive x-axis at (x, 0).
    Express the area A of the triangle as a function of x.
    Code:
            |
          9 **
            |    *   P
            |       *(x,y)
            |     *:| *
            |   *:::|  *
            | *:::::|
          - + - - - + - * - -
            O       Q   3

    The area of a triangle is: . A \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}\text{(base)(height)}

    The base is x.
    The height is y, where y \:=\:9-x^2

    Therefore: . A \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}x(9-x^2)

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    great work....

    Quote Originally Posted by Henderson View Post
    The base of your triangle is your x-coordinate, and the height of the triangle is your y-coordinate. For a triangle, the area is given by

    A = \frac{1}{2}(base)(height), so

    A = \frac{1}{2}(x)(y)

    A = \frac{1}{2}(x)(9-x^2)

     <br />
A = \frac{9x - x^3}{2}<br />
    I thank you very much.
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    Soroban....

    Quote Originally Posted by Soroban View Post
    Hello, magentarita!

    Henderson is absolutely correct!
    Did you make a sketch? . . . It's very simple.

    Code:
            |
          9 **
            |    *   P
            |       *(x,y)
            |     *:| *
            |   *:::|  *
            | *:::::|
          - + - - - + - * - -
            O       Q   3
    The area of a triangle is: . A \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}\text{(base)(height)}

    The base is x.
    The height is y, where y \:=\:9-x^2

    Therefore: . A \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}x(9-x^2)
    It's always great to receive an answer from you.
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