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Forming a triangle from 3 line segments 2012-03-15
From rustom:
A point X is selected at random from a line segment AB with midpoint 0. Find the probability that the line segments AX, XB, and A0 can form a triangle.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Two line segments in the plane 2011-08-15
From Tim:
For this problem I actually have tried to visualise the image in my head many times. This question makes my head spin.

Four points lie in a plane. They are partitioned into two pairs so that the sum of the lengths of the segments joining the points of each pair has the minimal possible value. Prove that these segments have no common points.

Answered by Chris Fisher.
Line segments 2011-01-04
From Izsak:
What is the formula to find the number of segments that can be named by a given number of points on a line?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Can a line segment curve over two planes? 2010-02-14
From Graham:
I am working on a math fair project. Can a line segment curve over two planes? Such as, if I had a three dimensional L bracket and I drew a line segment on it with a marker starting on the bottom of the L and had it curve around the corner and up the top, would it still be considered one line segment? Or is that two line segments? Is there a rule that a line segment can only occupy one plane? Thank you. Graham
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Segments of a ring gasket 2009-09-20
From Robert:
I am in the process of making an Excel spreadsheet in which our sales team just needs to enter the outside diameter, inside diameter, and number of segments to price ring gaskets that are too big to fit on a sheet of material and need to be cut into segments. With your help I was able to create a spread sheet that can calculate the Chord lengths, and Segment height on a single gasket segment. I am now stuck trying to come up with a formula to figure out the height of the second segment when it is stacked on the first segment, then use it to add more depending on the quantity of segments needed. I have an illustration below showing 2 segments (of a gasket that was segmented into 4 pieces) stacked together. I need to find a formula to get the dimension from "A" to "B".
Answered by Harley Weston.
Congruent line segments 2009-02-05
From casie:
marica drew one-line segment on a graph with endpoint of (0,9) and (0,4). she drew another line segment with endpoints (1,1) and (6,1). are the line segment congruent?explain
Answered by Penny Nom.
Segments of a sphere 2009-01-16
From Herman:
How do I solve for a segment of a sphere so that the orange peel or pie shaped section is converted to a flat surface with dimensions. I form large diameter domes, elliptical and sphere heads on a press. I enter the diameter say 30 feet with two segments above and below the equator and the total number of segment around the circumference at say 18 so the widest part of the pie shaped section will fit my press. How do I take the upper or lower course above or below the equator and figure the height of the orange peel shape, the chord length at top and bottom, and solve for the right angle at 2 degree increments down the arc length of the pieces so I can layout the flat plates prior to pressing. Thanks for your help.
Answered by Robert Dawson.
The midpoint o a line segment 2008-11-15
From Jane:
The vertices of a triangle are at (1,7), (6,-1) and (0,3). Find the coordinates of the midpoints of the sides.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The midpoints of the sides of a quadrilateral 2008-07-22
From JOEL:
Answered by Penny Nom.
Dividing a segment into 3 congruent parts 2007-10-30
From Carolyn:
I am doing construction. I have a line segment drawn. I need to divide a segment into 3 congruent part. How do I do that?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Segments on a line 2007-09-10
From Cathy:
This question was on my daughter's geometry assignment. Write a general rule of formula for finding the number of segments that can be named by a given number of points on a line. For example, 2 points on a line = 1 line segment; 3 points on a line = 3 segments; 5 points on a line = 10 segments.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Line segments on dot paper 2007-01-21
From Khaori:
The three line segments below are drawn on centimeter dot paper.

a. Find the length of each segment to the nearest ten-thousandth of a centimeter.
b. Could these line segments be arranged to form a triangle? If no, explain why or why not. If yes, answer this question: could they form a right triangle? Explain why or why not.

Answered by Penny Nom.
How many line segments are necessary? 2006-10-04
From Varun:
If you place 35 points on a piece of paper so that no three are collinear, how many line segments are necessary to connect each point to all the others?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The radius of a circle 2004-08-24
From Peter:
If you slice any circle with a line, and call the distance of the line between intersections the "y" length and the perpendicular length to the shorter side of the curve the "x" length, what is the resulting equation for the radius?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Partitioning of an arbitrary line segment 2001-02-08
From David:
Did Euclid's Geometry include a construction for the regular partitioning of an arbitrary line segment?
Answered by Chris Fisher.
La longueur des segments formant un triangle 1999-10-05
From Michel Provencher:
Connaissant la longueur des segments formant un triangle,comment détermine-t-on chacun de ses angles si:
  1. il S'agit d'un triangle rectangle

    Sachant que la somme des angles d'un triangle est de 180 degrés et sachant par conséquant qu'un des angle est de 90 degrés (triangle rectangle) il reste donc, 90 degrés à partager entre les 2 angles restant. Si les 2 segments formant l'angle droit sont de même longueur on obtient un angle de 45 degrés pour les angles restant soit 1/2 angle droit ce qui ne me pose évidement aucun problème. Quel relation, S'il y en a une, y a t-il entre la longueur de ces 2 segments et les angles restants.

  2. il S'agit d'un triangle quelconque

Answered by Claude Tardif.



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