Triangle XYZ is an isosceles right triangle. If side XY is longer than side YZ, and the area of the triangle is 16, what is the measure of side XY?
A. 4
B. 4√2
C. 8
D. 8√2
E. Cannot be determined from the information provided
OA C
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Triangle XYZ is an isosceles right triangle. If side XY is longer than side YZ, and the area of the triangle is 16, what
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\(\dfrac{1}{2} a^2 = 16\)BTGmoderatorDC wrote: ↑Thu May 06, 2021 3:36 pmTriangle XYZ is an isosceles right triangle. If side XY is longer than side YZ, and the area of the triangle is 16, what is the measure of side XY?
A. 4
B. 4√2
C. 8
D. 8√2
E. Cannot be determined from the information provided
OA C
Source: Veritas Prep
Side of triangle is \(4 \sqrt{2}\)
The ratio of sides of an isosceles triangle is \(1:1:\sqrt{2}.\)
Therefore, sides are in ratio of \(4\sqrt{2}: 4\sqrt{2}: 8.\)
Hence, larger side is \(8.\)
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Triangle XYZ is an isosceles right triangle.BTGmoderatorDC wrote: ↑Thu May 06, 2021 3:36 pmTriangle XYZ is an isosceles right triangle. If side XY is longer than side YZ, and the area of the triangle is 16, what is the measure of side XY?
A. 4
B. 4√2
C. 8
D. 8√2
E. Cannot be determined from the information provided
OA C
Source: Veritas Prep
Let's sketch an isosceles right triangle:
Side XY is longer than side YZ
Since the hypotenuse is the longest side of a right triangle, side XY must be the hypotenuse. Add this to our diagram:
This also means the last remaining vertex must be Z:
The area of the triangle is 16. What is the measure of side XY?
Let j = the length of side ZY,
Since ZY = ZX, we can see that side ZX must also halve length j
Area of triangle = (base)(height)/2
So, we can write: 16 = (j)(j)/2
Simplify: 16 = j²/2
Multiply both sides by 2 to get: 32 = j²
Solve: j = √32
What is the measure of side XY?
Our diagram now looks like this.
Applying the Pythagorean Theorem, we can write: (√32)² + (√32)² = c²
Simplify: 32 + 32 = c²
Simplify: 64 = c²
Solve: c = 8
Answer: C
Cheers,
Brent