To start we need to assign variables for what were trying to find. Lets say the rectangle has width w. Now we know that the rectangle has a length 11 more than twice its width. So in algebra this would be l =
11+2w. Now we know that the diagonal is 2 more than the length. In algebra this would be d = 2+l. Substituting our length equation into the diagonal expression we get d = 2 + 11 + 2w = 14+2w.
So our equations are l = 11+2w and d = 14+2w. We also know that the angles of rectangle are right angles. So the length, width, and diagonal form a right triangle and using the Pythagorean theorem we find that:
I will leave the rest to you but just a hint, you will have to use the quadratic formula. You will eventually get it down to which if you plug into your calculator should come out to 1.9226 or -10.9226.
Since we know that a measure of a side can't be negative we know that the width has to be 1.9226. So now we go back and find the length and the diagonal. I will leave this for you to do. You should get L = 23.8452 and D = 25.8452.
May 20th, 2015
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