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A rectangle Around A rhombus (Posted on 2008-04-14) Difficulty: 4 of 5
A rectangle ABCD is circumscribed around a rhombus AECF. The long sides of the rectangle coincide with two sides of the rhombus. Also, the rhombus and the rectangle share a common diagonal AC.
B       E               A
|      /               /|
|     /               / |
|    /               /  |
|   /               /   |
|  /               /    |
| /               /     |
|/               /      |
C               F       D
What are the smallest dimensions when all the lengths AB, BC, AE, AC and EF are integers?

Find a parameterization of all such integral rectangle/rhombus pairs.

No Solution Yet Submitted by Brian Smith    
Rating: 3.5000 (2 votes)

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re: Computer aided - solace | Comment 11 of 13 |
(In reply to Computer aided. by brianjn)

In looking at Charlie's data I did feel a little unnerved at first until I realised how we had approached the problem.

My values "a" + "c" = AB, or more precisely "a"+"d", but "c" = "d" anyway.

What might be noted when looking down my "a" column under "Partial Result Listing" is that the multiple of 7 suddenly goes awry, but that is not to be unexpected when one has a multiplicity of creating Pythagorean triangles.  Naturally that suggests that there are other solutions for which a Pythagorean triple is lowest valued base for a set of related figures.

  Posted by brianjn on 2008-04-15 01:22:10

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