1958 AHSME Problems/Problem 19

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Problem

The sides of a right triangle are $a$ and $b$ and the hypotenuse is $c$. A perpendicular from the vertex divides $c$ into segments $r$ and $s$, adjacent respectively to $a$ and $b$. If $a : b = 1 : 3$, then the ratio of $r$ to $s$ is:

$\textbf{(A)}\ 1 : 3\qquad  \textbf{(B)}\ 1 : 9\qquad  \textbf{(C)}\ 1 : 10\qquad  \textbf{(D)}\ 3 : 10\qquad  \textbf{(E)}\ 1 : \sqrt{10}$

Solution

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See Also

1958 AHSC (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 18
Followed by
Problem 20
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