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You are designing dinnerware. What is the length of a side of the smallest square plate on which a 20-cm chopstick can fit along a diagonal without any overhang?

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  1. Ahh -- another use for the Pythagorean theorem.

    a^2 + b^2 = c^2

    a^2 + a^2 = 20^2
    2a^2 = 400
    a^2 = 400/2
    a^2 = 200
    a = 14.142 cm

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