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Question 205907: I need help with this problem please: I found it on here but it is worded wrong.
Hazel has a screen door whose height is 4 feet more than its width. She wishes to stabilze the door by attaching a steel cable diagonally. If the cable measures sqrt194/2ft, what are the dimensions of the door?

Answer by nerdybill(7090)   (Show Source):
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Hazel has a screen door whose height is 4 feet more than its width. She wishes to stabilze the door by attaching a steel cable diagonally. If the cable measures sqrt194/2ft, what are the dimensions of the door?
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Let w = width of door
then
w+4 = length of door
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From Pythagorean theorem we know:

Applying the quadratic equation we get:
w = {3.153, -5.153}
Throwing out the negative solution we're left with:
w = 3.153 feet (width)
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Length:
w+4 = 3.153 + 4 = 7.153 feet (length)
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Details of quadratic:
 Solved by pluggable solver: SOLVE quadratic equation with variable Quadratic equation (in our case ) has the following solutons: For these solutions to exist, the discriminant should not be a negative number. First, we need to compute the discriminant : . Discriminant d=1104 is greater than zero. That means that there are two solutions: . Quadratic expression can be factored: Again, the answer is: 3.15331193145904, -5.15331193145904. Here's your graph: