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*To*: <[email protected]>*Subject*: Re: Weird geometric puzzle*From*: Ben Nabors <[email protected]>*Date*: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 11:45:14 -0500*Delivered-to*: [email protected]*Delivered-to*: [email protected]

The constructions have the same area, but neither of them are triangles. It is the natural inclination of those of us who have mathematical inclinations to assume that the two smaller triangles that partially make up the larger triangle are the same size, as they seem to share a common line. The fact, however, is that they only share a common point. Their longest sides do not lie on a single line, but rather the lines, were they to be drawn out, would intersect at their common point. The smallest angle of the red triangle is more acute than that of the green triangle. Because of the way the triangles are put together, the longest "side" of the top construction makes it a concave item, whereas the bottom construction is a convex item. Thanks, Ben At 11.27 01/15/99 -0500, Jason Gerry wrote: >http://home.earthlink.net/~noglider/bizarre.gif > >This is weird indeed. Are the total areas of the triangles the same?? > >Jason Gerry - MCI WorldCom >IDS Reporting Systems >-------------------------- >[email protected] >voice: (770)284-4131 / v949-4131 >pager: (888)268-0469 / [email protected] > -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.12 GCC/IT/MD d+ s+:++ a- C+++$ UBLVS++++$ P+++$ L++ E--- W+++$ N+ !o K-- w !O M-- V-- PS+ PE+ Y+ PGP t(+) 5+(+++) X+ R+++ tv+ b+ DI++ D+ G+ e* h* r? y++* ------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------

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