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## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Perimeter Of A Rectangle

Quantity A** **

The perimeter of a square with a diagonal of 12 inches.** **

Quantity B

The perimeter of a rectangle with a diagonal of 10 inches and longer sides that are three times the length of its shorter sides.

**Possible Answers:**

The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Quantity B is greater.

Quantity A is greater.

The quantities are equal.

**Correct answer:**

Quantity A is greater.

The diagonal of a square creates a 45-45-90 triangle; therefore, considering x as the value for the sides of the square in A, set up the ratio: 1/√2 = x/12 → x = 12/√2

Simplify the square root out of the denominator: x = (12^{√2})/2 = 6^{√2}. The perimeter is equal to 4x; therefore, quantity A is 24^{√2}.

Use the Pythagorean Theorem for B. We know that one side of the triangle is x and the other must be 3x. Furthermore, we know the hypotenuse is 10; therefore:

x^{2 }+ (3x)^{2} = 10^{2 }→ x^{2 }+ 9x^{2} = 100 → 10x^{2} = 100 → x^{2} = 10 → x = √10.

Transform the √10 into √2 * √5 ; therefore, x = √2 * √5 . The perimeter of the rectangle will equal 3x + 3x + x + x = 8x = 8√2 * √5 .

Compare these two values. Quantity A has a coefficient of 24 in for its √2 . Quantity B has a coefficient of 8√5, which must be smaller than 24, because 8 * 3 = 24, but √5 is less than 3 (which would be √9 ); therefore, A is larger.

### Example Question #2 : How To Find The Perimeter Of A Rectangle

A rectangle has a length that is twice that of its height. If the perimeter of that rectangle is , what is its area?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Based on our first sentence, we know:

The second sentence means:

, which is the same as:

Now, we can replace with in the second equation:

Therefore,

Now, this means that:

If these are our values, then the area of the rectangle is:

### Example Question #3 : How To Find The Perimeter Of A Rectangle

A rectangle with an area of 64 square units is one-fourth as wide as it is long. What is the perimeter of the rectangle?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Begin by setting up a ratio of width to length for the rectangle. We know that the width is one-fourth the length, therefore

.

Now, we can substitute W in the rectangle area formula with our new variable to solve for the length.

Solve for length:

Using the length, solve for Width:

Now, plug the length and width into the formula for the perimeter of a rectangle to solve:

The perimeter of the rectangle is 40.

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