Posted by Mona on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:48pm.
The geometric mean x of two numbers is the positive value of x that satisfies the proportion a/x =x/b, where a and b are given. Find the geometric mean of 16 and 9.

Geometry8th gr  Reiny, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:16pm
16/x = x/9 , crossmultiply
x^2= 144
x = √144 = 12
check:
16/12 = 4/3
12/9 = 4/3

Geometry8th gr  Mona, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:20pm
Thanks. So the geometric mean for 16 and 9 is 4/3?

Geometry8th gr  Reiny, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:44pm
NOOO, the geometric mean is 12
I merely showed that 12 is correct
and satisfied your given proportion
a/x = x/b
the 3 numbers are:
16 , 12 , 9 , with 12 as the geometric mean

Geometry8th gr  Mona, Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:48am
Oh okay...thanks.
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