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In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length of side AB is 4, and the length of side BC is x. If the length of hypotenuse AC is between 4 and 8, which of the following could be the value of x ?

Indicate \(all\) such values.

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Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Look at the figure below:

Length of side AB is 4, and the length of side BC is xand AC is between 4 and 8. There can be many triangles that satify this condition.

On one extreme when AC is almost 4. Then the the triangle becomes almost the line AB and \(x\) is almost 0.

On the other hand when AC is 8 then \(x=\sqrt{8^2-4^2} \approx 6.9\).

So all values from 0 to 6.9 form a right triangle. Hence all options are correct!

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Length of side AB is 4, and the length of side BC is xand AC is between 4 and 8. There can be many triangles that satify this condition.

On one extreme when AC is almost 4. Then the the triangle becomes almost the line AB and \(x\) is almost 0.

On the other hand when AC is 8 then \(x=\sqrt{8^2-4^2} \approx 6.9\).

So all values from 0 to 6.9 form a right triangle. Hence all options are correct!

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Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Carcass wrote:

In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length of side AB is 4, and the length of side BC is x. If the length of hypotenuse AC is between 4 and 8, which of the following could be the value of x ?

Indicate \(all\) such values.

❑ 1

❑ 2

❑ 3

❑ 4

❑ 5

❑ 6

Indicate \(all\) such values.

❑ 1

❑ 2

❑ 3

❑ 4

❑ 5

❑ 6

I would solve the question by testing each choice.

A) x = 1

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 1² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √17

Since √17 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 1

B) x = 2

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 2² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √20

Since √20 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 2

C) x = 3

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 3² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √25

Since √25 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 3

D) x = 4

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 4² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √32

Since √32 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 4

E) x = 5

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 5² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √41

Since √41 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 5

F) x = 6

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 6² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √52

Since √52 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 6

Answer: A, B, C, D, E and F

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Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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I always get confused when it says "between" does it mean that the hypotenuse is greater than 4 and less than 8? Or does it mean that the hypotenuse is greater than or equal to four and less than or equal to 8?

Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Hi sandy, but should we not consider the property "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" while selecting the options?

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Fixed the OAs which were wrong for some reason

By the Pythagorean theorem AB^2 + BC^2 = AC^2 or 4^2 + x^2 = AC^2. If AC = 4, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 4^2

x^2 = 0

x = 0

Of course, x can’t be 0. However, recall that AC is actually greater than 4, so x is actually greater than 0.

If AC = 8, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 8^2

16 + x^2 = 64

x^2 = 48

x = √48 = 4√3

Recall that AC is actually less than 8, so x is actually less than 4√3.

Since 0 < x < 4√3, x can be 1, 5 or 6.

Answers are : A, E, and F

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By the Pythagorean theorem AB^2 + BC^2 = AC^2 or 4^2 + x^2 = AC^2. If AC = 4, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 4^2

x^2 = 0

x = 0

Of course, x can’t be 0. However, recall that AC is actually greater than 4, so x is actually greater than 0.

If AC = 8, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 8^2

16 + x^2 = 64

x^2 = 48

x = √48 = 4√3

Recall that AC is actually less than 8, so x is actually less than 4√3.

Since 0 < x < 4√3, x can be 1, 5 or 6.

Answers are : A, E, and F

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Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Carcass wrote:

Fixed the OAs which were wrong for some reason

By the Pythagorean theorem AB^2 + BC^2 = AC^2 or 4^2 + x^2 = AC^2. If AC = 4, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 4^2

x^2 = 0

x = 0

Of course, x can’t be 0. However, recall that AC is actually greater than 4, so x is actually greater than 0.

If AC = 8, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 8^2

16 + x^2 = 64

x^2 = 48

x = √48 = 4√3

Recall that AC is actually less than 8, so x is actually less than 4√3.

Since 0 < x < 4√3, x can be 1, 5 or 6.

Answers are : A, E, and F

By the Pythagorean theorem AB^2 + BC^2 = AC^2 or 4^2 + x^2 = AC^2. If AC = 4, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 4^2

x^2 = 0

x = 0

Of course, x can’t be 0. However, recall that AC is actually greater than 4, so x is actually greater than 0.

If AC = 8, then we have:

4^2 + x^2 = 8^2

16 + x^2 = 64

x^2 = 48

x = √48 = 4√3

Recall that AC is actually less than 8, so x is actually less than 4√3.

Since 0 < x < 4√3, x can be 1, 5 or 6.

Answers are : A, E, and F

what about option b,c,d?

Since 0 < x < 4√3,

Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Did we find out the correct answers here? Is it all the options or A,E,F?

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I am not quite sure what you meant

However, there is the timer and at the bottom the spoiler: the correct answers are A,E,F

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However, there is the timer and at the bottom the spoiler: the correct answers are A,E,F

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Hi Carcass, should we not consider the property "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" while selecting the options?

If we consider the two sides of the triangle tobe 4 and 1 , by Pythagorus theorem we get the hypotenuse to be 4.123 . My question is if we sum 2 sides shouldn’t it be always greater than third side. Please clarify. So for 2 it is also justified here if we calculate like this.

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If we consider the two sides of the triangle tobe 4 and 1 , by Pythagorus theorem we get the hypotenuse to be 4.123 . My question is if we sum 2 sides shouldn’t it be always greater than third side. Please clarify. So for 2 it is also justified here if we calculate like this.

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Re: In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length o
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Hi Carcass, should we not consider the property "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" while selecting the options?

If we consider the two sides of the triangle tobe 4 and 1 , by Pythagorus theorem we get the hypotenuse to be 4.123 . My question is if we sum 2 sides shouldn’t it be greater than third side. Please clarify.

If we consider the two sides of the triangle tobe 4 and 1 , by Pythagorus theorem we get the hypotenuse to be 4.123 . My question is if we sum 2 sides shouldn’t it be greater than third side. Please clarify.

I DO NOT THINK IN THIS CASE, FRANKLY.

uSUALLY, WE USE THAT STATEMENT OR TRUTH WHEN WE do have a fixed value and we do know the two values

Here we do have a range, so in my view is a waste of time using that.

You could go down the wrong path

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Dear Carcass, Why option BCD isnot the valid answers here. Sorry i am unable to understand it.

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GreenlightTestPrep wrote:

Carcass wrote:

In triangle ABC, the measure of angle B is 90°, the length of side AB is 4, and the length of side BC is x. If the length of hypotenuse AC is between 4 and 8, which of the following could be the value of x ?

Indicate \(all\) such values.

❑ 1

❑ 2

❑ 3

❑ 4

❑ 5

❑ 6

Indicate \(all\) such values.

❑ 1

❑ 2

❑ 3

❑ 4

❑ 5

❑ 6

I would solve the question by testing each choice.

A) x = 1

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 1² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √17

Since √17 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 1

B) x = 2

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 2² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √20

Since √20 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 2

C) x = 3

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 3² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √25

Since √25 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 3

D) x = 4

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 4² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √32

Since √32 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 4

E) x = 5

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 5² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √41

Since √41 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 5

F) x = 6

The Pythagorean theorem tells us that 4² + 6² = hypotenuse²

Solve to get: Hypotenuse = √52

Since √52 is between 4 and 8, x COULD equal 6

Answer: A, B, C, D, E and F

hello GreenlightTestPrep

i checked other posts, but sill could not find answer to my question.

why are not we considering "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" in case x = 1 and hypotenuse is between 4 and 8, then even 1 cant be answer because 4+1=5 which can be longer than hypotenuse say hypotenuse is 4.5 which is less than sum (4+1=5) of other two sides. and that violates the property of "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side"

can you pls explain. thanks

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hello GreenlightTestPrep

i checked other posts, but sill could not find answer to my question.

why are not we considering "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" in case x = 1 and hypotenuse is between 4 and 8, then even 1 cant be answer because 4+1=5 which can be longer than hypotenuse say hypotenuse is 4.5 which is less than sum (4+1=5) of other two sides. and that violates the property of "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side"

can you pls explain. thanks

i checked other posts, but sill could not find answer to my question.

why are not we considering "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" in case x = 1 and hypotenuse is between 4 and 8, then even 1 cant be answer because 4+1=5 which can be longer than hypotenuse say hypotenuse is 4.5 which is less than sum (4+1=5) of other two sides. and that violates the property of "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side"

can you pls explain. thanks

There is more than one rule at play here.

For example, since ABC is a right triangle, the Pythagorean theorem must hold true.

Also, since ABC is a triangle, "the sum of two sides should be greater than the third side" rule also must hold true.

If x = 1 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 1 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

If x = 2 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 2 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

If x = 3 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 3 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

If x = 4 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 4 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

If x = 5 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 5 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

If x = 6 (aka side BC), then: length of AC < 6 + 4. Since the length of AC is between 4 and 8, the rule holds true.

Does that help?

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