Line Segment Representing Sqrt(3)
Date: 10/07/2002 at 20:41:13 From: Frank DiMora Subject: How to draw a line segment in relation to square roots Dr. Math, Our math teacher asked us to draw a line segment that represents radical 3. I've tried to figure this problem out, but I can't seem to find a logical answer. Could you please help? Thanks, Frank DiMora - Auburn High School; Math
Date: 10/08/2002 at 15:12:35 From: Doctor Ian Subject: Re: How to draw a line segment in relation to square roots Hi Frank, There are a couple of ways you might approach this, depending on how loosely you want to interpret the word 'represents'. Suppose you draw a square of any size, and assert that the area of the square is 3 units. Then what will the length of any one side be? Or, you might try this. Draw a right triangle like this: /| 2 / | ? / | --- 1 What does the Pythagorean theorem tell you about the length of the unlabeled side? Does this help? - Doctor Ian, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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