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# Problem of the Week 3

## Due Friday, October 2

A large tent is being set up for a fair. Two poles, QU and RT, are
placed perpendicular to the ground and 12 m apart. Pole QU is 4
m in length and pole RT is 7.5 m in length. A tarp is placed over
the poles and secured to the ground at P, 3 m from the base of
pole QU, and S, 4 m from the base of pole RT. Determine P Q + QR
+ RS, the length of the tarp.

## Understanding the Problem:

The problem is asking us to find the lengths of RS,QR, and QP. We know
that TS has a length of 4, UT has a length of 12, RT has a length of 7.5, PU has a
length of 3, and QU has a length of 4.
Process:
Work

Explanation

2 2 2
a + b=c

## To start off Im Going to use

Pythagorean Theorem to find the
Hypotenuse of the triangle QUP.

2 2 2
4+3=c

2

16 + 9 = c
2
16+9=c
2
25=c

## 2. Add the sum of 4 squared and 3

squared
3. Find Square root of 25
And you find out that the length for QP
is 5
Now we need to find the other
hypotenuse of the triangle RTS, using
pythagorean theorem.

2
2 2
7.5 + 4= c
2
56.3 + 16 = c
2
72.3=c

8.5 = c

## The length of SR is 8.5

Once you have those numbers you can,
now you find what the length of QR is
1.First you draw a line perpendicular to
RT from point Q to Point.

2
2
2
12 + 3.5 = c

## 2. you would know that the long leg

would be 12 because its parallel to the
line UT and then you know the other
leg would be 3.5

2
144+12.3=c

## 3.Now that you know those lengths you

can use pythagreum therum to find the
length of QR

## Solution: The side lengths of the tarp:

QR:12.5
SR: 8.5
QP:5
Full length of tarp: 26
Justification:
I know my answers are correct because all you really needed to do was
pythagoreum theorem and I feel really comfortable with problems that have to do
with pythagorean theorem. I got really stuck up on finding the length of QR, you
had to think outside of the box. Once I looked at it more than once and got another
pair of eyes to look at it and got it.