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I am sure many of you have seen this problem, yet startled or possibly dumbfounded

  1. Sep 12, 2007 #1
    http://www.cynical-c.com/archives/bloggraphics/_42842559_maths_diagram_416.gif [Broken]

    Looking at the figure makes me dizzy..

    How on earth do you do this problem!?!?
     
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  3. Sep 12, 2007 #2

    DaveC426913

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    It's all about calcuating hypoteneese.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2007 #3
    i've seen it but never bothered to give it a try, computation isn't my thing
     
  5. Sep 13, 2007 #4
    God I'm having trouble just keeping track of everything
     
  6. Sep 13, 2007 #5
    piece of cake
     
  7. Sep 13, 2007 #6
    The answer is clearly c).
     
  8. Sep 13, 2007 #7
    No, it's "none of the above".
     
  9. Sep 13, 2007 #8

    Hurkyl

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    That means you need to brush up on organizing information!
     
  10. Sep 14, 2007 #9
    I'm confused, the first thing it says is that ABCD is a square prism....it sure as heck doesn't look like one to me... as for the other stuff, it's just simple geometric calculations isn't it? I think all you need to know are the rules governing angles and shapes.
     
  11. Sep 14, 2007 #10
    That's correct, but until you actual start working on the problem, it's rather tedious.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2007 #11
    The problem can be solved by taking it as a vector problem. Assign a vector for every two coordinates of relevance and try to derive the results.
     
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