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Homework Help: Around the corner problem?

  1. Oct 26, 2006 #1
    "Around the corner" problem?

    Hey, I got this assignment from my class... it asks for the maximum length for a bar in order to get it through a corner created by 2 hallways... Im provided with the width of the 2 hallways and that's it. Can someone gimme a suggestion?
    Thanks

    Nam
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 27, 2006 #2
    Draw a diagram of the two hallways, where x and y are the widths of the two hallways.
    ________________________________________
    | |
    | |
    | x
    | |
    | |________________________
    |-------y--------|
    | |
    | |
    | |
    | |
    | |

    I'd think the maximum bar would be the longest line you can draw in the rectangle formed by the intersection of the hallways; ie the diagonal.

    PS sorry about the diagram; it looked fine when I was writing it. Move a vertical line over to the right(to the end of the y line) and it really does look like two hallways
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2006
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