Posted by Amy~ on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 9:53am.
A construction company needs to build thirty trusses for the roof of a house.
The truss is 20 ft long on the top two sides.
What is the bottom length of the truss?
the options for this answer were:
a)30ft
b)40ft
c)50ft
d)60ft
When I solved this, I got 28.3

Math: Geometry/Algebra?  Reiny, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 10:06am
missing information.
Did you forget an angle or something like that? 
Math: Geometry/Algebra?  Amy~, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 10:18am
no
in the problem?
the diagram of the truss had 6 triangles inside it with a pentagon in the middle
I sqrt 20 and got 400
400+400 = 800 sqrt 
Math: Geometry/Algebra?  Amy~, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 10:19am
it said which is an acceptable length for the bottom

Math: Geometry/Algebra?  Reiny, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 10:51am
Still not enough. There are too many possibilities.
Are the triangles congruent, equilateral or are some angles given?
Is the pentagon touching the base?
Does the pentagon fit into the top of the truss?
etc ??