# SOLUTION: A triangle has a height of 6cm and a base of 8 cm. If the height and the base are both decreased by the same amount, the area of the new triangle is 20 cm squared. what is the base

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 Question 354404: A triangle has a height of 6cm and a base of 8 cm. If the height and the base are both decreased by the same amount, the area of the new triangle is 20 cm squared. what is the base and height of the new triangle?Answer by mananth(12270)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!height 6 cm base 8 cm decreased by x cm 6-x & 8-x will be the new height and base Arae of triangle = 1/2 *(6-x)(8-x)=20 (6-x)(8-x)=20*2 48-14x+x^2=40 x^2-14x +8=0 use quadratic formula discriminant = 164 x1= (14+sqrt164)/2 x1=(14+12.8)/2 =26.8/2 23.4 ( not possible) x2= 14-sqrt164)/2 x2=14-12.8)/2 x2=1.2/2 x2=0.6 cm ... The new dimensions are height = 5.4, base = 7.4 ... m.ananth@hotmail.ca