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The ratio of the length to the width of one rectangle is proportional to the ratio of the length to the width of a smaller rectangle. Describe the circumstances for which this proportion involves a geometric mean.

  • Geometry -

    if x is a geometric mean between two numbers a and b, then
    x/a = b/x
    x^2 = ab
    x = √(ab)

    if the length of the small one is l
    and its width is w

    then the width of the larger has to be l
    and the length has to be l2
    so l/w = l2/w
    w = √(l*l2)

    e.g. small rectangle is 4 by 6, larger is 6 by 9
    notice 4/6 = 6/9
    and 6^2 = 4*9

    e.g. first rectangle

  • Geometry -

    6/4 = 9/6 6^2 =36

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