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Applications of Quadratic Equations

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A. Geometry Applications
1. A rectangular sign has an area of 40 ft
2
. If the width is 3 feet shorter
than the length, what are the dimensions of the sign?

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2. The base of a triangle is 1 ft less than twice the height. The area is 14
ft
2
. Find the base and height of the triangle.

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3. The length of a rectangle is 5 ft more than the width. The area is 36 ft
2
.
Find the length and width of the rectangle.




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B. Translating to a Quadratic Equation
4. The product of two consecutive integers is 48 more than the larger
integer. Find the integers.

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5. If eleven is added to the square of a number, the result is sixty. Find all
such numbers.




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C. Other Applications
6. A stone is dropped of a 64-foot cliff into the ocean below. The height of
the stone above sea level is given by the equation 64 16
2
t h where h
is the height in feet, and t is the time in seconds. Find the time required
for the stone to hit the water.


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A. The Pythagorean Theorem
This theorem is used to solve for the sides of a right triangle.
The Pythagorean Theorem is stated as:
2 2 2
c b a
Where a and b are the legs and c is the hypotenuse












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7. Find the length of the missing side of the right triangle.

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8. Find the length of the missing side of the right triangle.

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9. A 13-foot board is used as a ramp to unload furniture off a loading
platform. If the distance between the top of the board and the ground
is 7 ft less than the distance between the bottom of the board and the
base of the platform, find both distances.







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10. A 5-yard ladder leans against a wall. The distance from the bottom of
the wall to the top of the ladder is 1 yard more than the distance from
the bottom of the wall to the bottom of the ladder. Find both distances.



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