Posted by Emily on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:51pm.
It says:
Find the area of a rectangle with length 12 inscribed in a circle with radius 7.5.
I know when they're talking about a radius with a figure, they're talking about the length between the center of the circle to a corner of the figure. But that usually works only with a regular figure, and a rectangle isn't one.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve it?

math (geometry)  Ms. Sue, Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:54pm
Since the radius is 7.5, then the diameter is 15. Doesn't that make your rectangle 12 by 15?

math (geometry)  Emily, Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:02pm
Oh wait! I see where you're getting at. I think since the diameter of the circle is 15, it will make a diagonal within the rectangle to make a right triangle. Therefore, the dimensions of the rectangle are 12 by 9.
Thanks soooooo much, Ms. Sue! You helped me a lot. (the diameter thing got me going! lol)

math (geometry)  Ms. Sue, Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:07pm
You're very welcome. :)

math (geometry)  kidist, Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:25pm
since the radius is 7.5 the diameter will be 15 units.
from the pythagoras theorem Dsqaure=12Square + XSquare, where x= the unknown quantity.
Therfore; x= Root of((15x15)  (12x12)) = 9
Thank you!
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