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Could Pythagoras do your Mathematics?

November18

Before we answer that question, let’s see who Pythagoras was! Actually, there is so much fact and fiction surrounding Pythagoras that it is sometimes difficult to locate the real hypotenuse, but at least we can try! Most Greeks at this time (6th Century BC) believed that gods and spirits moved in the trees and the […]

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NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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