ACT Math : How to find the perimeter of an acute / obtuse triangle

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Acute / Obtuse Triangles

Two similiar triangles have a ratio of perimeters of 7:2.

If the smaller triangle has sides of 3, 7, and 5, what is the perimeter of the larger triangle.

Possible Answers:

52.5

49.5

48.5

51.5

50.5

Correct answer:

52.5

Explanation:

Adding the sides gives a perimeter of 15 for the smaller triangle. Multipying by the given ratio of \frac{7}{2}, yields 52.5.

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Acute / Obtuse Triangle

Two similiar triangles exist where the ratio of perimeters is 4:5 for the smaller to the larger triangle. If the larger triangle has sides of 6, 7, and 12 inches, what is the perimeter, in inches, of the smaller triangle?

Possible Answers:

23

25

18

20

Correct answer:

20

Explanation:

The larger triangle has a perimeter of 25 inches. Therefore, using a 4:5 ratio, the smaller triangle's perimeter will be 20 inches.

Example Question #1 : Acute / Obtuse Triangles

Two similar triangles' perimeters are in a ratio of . If the lengths of the larger triangle's sides are , , and , what is the perimeter of the smaller triangle?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

1. Find the perimeter of the larger triangle:

2. Use the given ratio to find the perimeter of the smaller triangle:

Cross multiply and solve:

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Acute / Obtuse Triangle

There are two similar triangles. Their perimeters are in a ratio of . If the perimeter of the smaller triangle is , what is the perimeter of the larger triangle?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use proportions to solve for the perimeter of the larger triangle:

Cross multiply and solve:

Example Question #171 : Plane Geometry

Two similar triangles have perimeteres in the ratio . The sides of the smaller triangle measure , , and  respectively. What is the perimeter, in meters, of the larger triangle?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Since the perimeter of the smaller triangle is , and since the larger triangle has a perimeter in the  ratio, we can set up the following identity, where  the perimeter of the larger triangle:

 

 

In cross multiplying this identity, we get . We can now solve for . Here, , so the perimeter of the larger triangle is .

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