Posted by Jack on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 3:42pm.
Two questions?
Build a patiohypotenuese is 50 feet long
the two sides of patio are same. What is the length of one side of the patio
I think I set it up a^2 + b^2 = c^2
a^2 + b^2 = 50^2
a^2+ b^2 = 2500
then I just could say 2a^2 = 2500
a^2 = 2500/2
a^2 = 1250
sqrt of 1250 = 35.36 correct?
2nd question? Boat across a river with the current moving you downstream so the boat goes at a 30 degree angle. If the river is 400 feet across, how far downstream do you end upthis one I'm totally confused on

Algebra  Reiny, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:45pm
first question is correct.
2nd:
The way I read your question ....
drew a line straight across, called it 400 ft
then from starting point drew a line 30° from the 400 line.
got a rightangled triangle, called the distance downstream x ft
tan 30° = x/400
x = 400 tan 30°230.94 
Algebraplease recheck Reiny  Russ, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 5:04pm
I'm not sure I'm understanding the x=
400 tan 30 *230.94 or would it be that it equals 230.94 
typo ! Algebra  Reiny, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 5:22pm
that's a typo
should have been
x = 400 tan 30°
= 230.94