# Finding areas of rectangles.

## Homework Statement 2. Homework Equations

A= l x w (area for a rectangle.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I will have to find the area of 1 halve of the roof, since there parallel I only have to find one side. So I know the height is 2 and I also know that the base of the rectangle is 8. I tried to find out but had no luck.

So my only problem is how do I find the other side of the rectangle?

#### Attachments

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
The height of the yellow rectangle is not, in fact, 2.

Its not???

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
Its not???
Nope. That is the height of the triangle. There are completely different lengths. How do you think we can find the height of the rectangle?

I don't know but my guess is i have to find all the lengths of the triangle then i can answer the question.

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
The height of the rectangle is the side length of the triangle. You already know the height and base measurements for the triangle, which is all the information you need. Do you know how to find the side length of a triangle?

Nidum
Gold Member
Draw end view to scale or use Pythagoras' Theorem

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
Draw end view to scale
This is extremely inefficient, is it not?

The Pythagorean Theorem will work, but the OP was supposed to figure that out.

so i would use the formula a2 + b2= c2.

a2 + b2 = c2

m2 + m2 = 5m2 (Note: i am using m to represent the unknown lengths of the triangle)

2m2 = 25

2m2 / 2 = 25 / 2

m2 = 12.5 m = 3.5

the length of the unknown sides is approximately 2.5 m

Correct?

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
m2 + m2 = 5m2
This is wrong, though. In ##a^2+b^2=c^2##, do you know what the c stands for?

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
And for the Pythagorean Theorem to work, you need a right triangle.

c is the hypotenuse (the side opposite the 90° angle).

O do you mean that the triangle isn't a right angle?

Ok so thats why it won't work.

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
O do you mean that the triangle isn't a right angle?
Ok so thats why it won't work.
It CAN work. How would you "make" a right triangle for the Pythagorean Theorem to work? What values would you use?

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member Break the triangle apart. You can still use the Pythagorean Theorem!

:O omg you just saved me 3 hours of searching... the fact that on the table above, i did that but didn't even notice.... Ok ill answer it and repost to check if its right.

Please note that while the drawing seems to show that the roof is composed of two pieces of equal size, one of which is in yellow, there seems to be an unfounded assumption that the roof is composed of two identical pieces (one slanting down to the left, one slanting down to the right). All you know from the given information is that the length of the two triangles on one end (which share the red "height" line) sum to 5; the assumption that each is 2.5 is not justified. Another way of saying this is that the location of where the roof peak is (what distance from the front) is unspecified. I would solve this poorly specified problem by assuming the two pieces were of equal size and then for extra credit assume that one piece has 0 length (that is, the peak happens at the very back (making the one triangle on each end a right triangle.))

Ok so i got the answer for 1 halve of the triangle. I would divide 5 into 2 parts, so its become 2.5. I also have the height 2 for the triangle. Now i can use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for the hypotenuse. a2 + b2 = c2.

2.5 x 2.5 = 6.25
2 x 2 = 4

6.25 + 4 = 10.25 = 3.2

so the length of side of the rectangle would be approximately 3.2m.

• ProfuselyQuarky
Nidum
Gold Member
That's it .

ok now i can find the area by my self THX ALOT guys.

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
Yay! You've done it! Knew you could Let's see the finished answer, too.

ok i will thx alot your the man or the woman.

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
ok i will thx alot your the man or the woman.
lol . . . not sure what you mean. I'm a 15 year old girl Lol your very smart and then that means your the woman Anyway i got the area 25.6. A = l x w which is 8 x 3.2.

correct?

ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
That's it! Just remember that the roof is made of two sides of that same rectangle so you have to multiple the product by 2.

I know, thx alot your really smart for a 15 year old if your REALLY are one. ProfuselyQuarky
Gold Member
I know, thx alot your really smart for a 15 year old if your REALLY are one. It has nothing to do with being smart or dumb. Just pay attention and use all the information that you've learned in the past. Now, no more posting--go back to doing your homework :P