2017 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 8
The ratio of the short side of a certain rectangle to the long side is equal to the ratio of the long side to the diagonal. What is the square of the ratio of the short side to the long side of this rectangle?
Solution 1: Cross Multiplying
Let be the short side of the rectangle, and be the long side of the rectangle. The diagonal, therefore, is . We can get the equation . Cross-multiplying, we get . Squaring both sides of the equation, we get , which simplifies to . Solving for a quadratic in , using the quadratic formula we get which gives us . We know that the square of the ratio must be positive (the square of any real number is positive), so the solution is .
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Solution 2: Substitution
Solution by HydroQuantum
Let the short side of the rectangle be and let the long side of the rectangle be . Then, the diagonal, according to the Pythagorean Theorem, is . Therefore, we can write the equation:
We are trying to find the square of the ratio of to . Let's let our answer, , be . Then, squaring the above equation,
Multiplying each side of the equation by ,
Adding each side by ,
Solving for using the Quadratic Formula,
Since the ratio of lengths and diagonals of a rectangle cannot be negative, and , the symbol can only take on the . Therefore,
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