Posted by gayle on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 12:05pm.
In an isosceles trapezoid, the longest base is 11", a leg is 5", and the height is 4".
Find the length of the shorter base of the trapezoid.

geometry  Henry, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2:29pm
The nonparallel sides of an isosceles
trapezoid are equal and form congruent rt triangles when the altitude is drawn. The base of the rt tiangles can be calculated:
X^2 + Y^2 = Z^2,
X^2 + 4^2 = 5^2,
X^2 + 16 = 25,
X^2 = 25  16,
X^2 = 9,
X = 3.
2X + B2 = B1,
2*3 + B2 = 11,
6 + B2 = 11,
B2 = 11  6,
B2 = 5.
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