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nerro_101
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Canada
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Posted - 10/11/2007 :  08:37:23  Show Profile
Can anyone help me? I've been stuck with this problem for 5 days now. A piece of wire 50 cm long is cut into two pieces AP and PB as shown below. Piece Ap is bent to form a square, while piece PB is bent into a circle. How do I express the total area enclosed by the two figures as a function of x?
(remake of the image below)


-----------x-------------------50-x
.___________________.________________.
point a------------point p----------point b



Thank you.

Edited by - nerro_101 on 10/11/2007 11:49:43
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Subhotosh Khan
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2007 :  09:28:29  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by nerro_101

Can anyone help me? I've been stuck with this problem for 5 days now. A piece of wire 50 cm long is cut into two pieces AP and PB as shown below. Piece Ap is bent to form a square, while piece PB is bent into a circle. How do I express the total area enclosed by the two figures as a function of x?
(remake of the image below)


-----------x-------------------50-x
.___________________.________________.
point a------------point p----------point b
Thank you.



Perimeter of a square with side 'L' = 4*L = x

So each side of square = x/4

Area of square = L2 = x2/16

Do similar computation for circle and then add the areas up.
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