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Rectangle-Diagonal (Posted on 2016-11-02) Difficulty: 3 of 5

  
Let E be the foot of the perpendicular from A to diagonal
BD in rectangle ABCD. Let F and G be points on sides BC
and CD respectively such that EFCG is a rectangle.

If |BD| = d, |EG| = g, and |EF| = 1, find d in terms of g.
  

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I don't have time for a more complete solution, but this should be enough to follow:

DG=x
DC=x+1
DE=sqrt(x^2+g^2)

There are many similar triangles in the figure.  Use many of them to establish:
BF=g/x
BC=g(1+x)/x
AD=(x^2+g^2)/g

Since AD=BC
x=g^(2/3)

A final proportion gives
d=BD=(g^(2/3)+1)^(3/2)

  Posted by Jer on 2016-11-02 14:26:28
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