Posted by **Venus** on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:51am.

A rectangle has a diagonal of length 125. If the ratio fo the length of the short side to the length of the long side of the rectangle is 7:24, what is the length of the shorter side of the rectangle?

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**Jai**, Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:45pm
Recall that the length of a diagonal of a rectangle can be calculated by,

D^2 = W^2 + L^2

or simply, we'll use the Pythagorean theorem.

Substituting,

125^2 = (7x)^2 + (24x)^2

15625 = 49x^2 + 576x^2

15625 = 625x^2

x^2 = 25

x = 5 (this is the multiplier for the ratio)

Therefore, the shorter side (which is 7x) is equal to 7*5 = 35.

Hope this helps~ :3

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