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 TriNRect (Posted on 2010-10-13)

Let R be the area of rectangle ABCD and
T the area of triangle APQ (where P and
Q are points on sides BC and CD of ABCD respectively).

What is the minimal value of |BP|+|DQ|
in terms of R and T?

Note: R and T are constants with 0 < T ≤ R/2.
Therefore, |BP| and |DQ| are not independent variables
(i.e. if P varies between B and C, then Q
must vary between C and D such that T
stays constant).

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 re: solution. minor correction | Comment 2 of 3 |
(In reply to solution by xdog)

x + (R-2T)/x is a minimum when x = sqrt(R-2t), not x+y as you stated.

x + y then simplifies to 2*sqrt(R-2t).

An interesting result, which I hadnt noticed is that this means x and y are precisely equal.

 Posted by Jer on 2010-10-14 15:15:37

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