Look at this shape:
Assume AB = AF = FE = ED and BC = CD, and all the angles in the shape are 90 degrees.
Let A be the area of this shape (in cm^2), and P  the perimeter of this shape (in cm).
If A  P is 60, what is the length of line AC?
(In reply to
A different angle by Callum)
First, when you came up with a negative value for the length, that should have been a sign that something is wrong.
The problem with your anaysis is, the ratio of A to P is not simply 3/8, it is 3/8 times whatever ab is (or af, de, etc). Then, you would have to "times the area and perimeter" 6, instead of 12, to get the equation 10448=60, which is equal on each side (in essence, you were trying to solve 3x8x=60 instead of 3x²8x=60, which is why you got a negative answer). Once you have the right value for x, the Pythagorean theorem gives AC²=6²+12²=180, so AC is about 13.416.

Posted by DJ
on 20031010 09:31:00 