John Nolton
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Problem 249 
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You DO NOT need Calculus to solve this problem. Probably the most simplistic equation for the area of an Isosceles triangle is A = 1/2 S^2 sin (2theta) (see problem 249 page 47, July 2012 for Bloch labeling of the triangle). Now lets make it a little easy and call the Apex point "C". Now the equation will read A= 1/2 S^2 sin C { equ. #1}
If you remember the graph of the sin function you will know that it is periodic and has a period of 2Pi. Its value (sin) is zero at zero degrees and has its maximum value at 90 Degrees which is 1. By inspection of equ. #1 above you will answer 2 of the 3 questions Bloch is asking. If sin C has a maximum value of +1 then the maximum triangle area is
just equal to 1/2 S^2 . You have also answered the 1st question at the same time and that is the largest triangle area is when sin C has its maximum value, which is +1 which is 90 degrees (this = angle 2 theta in Bloch drawing).
The last question What is the perimeter of the maximum area triangle is very simple now that you have a right triangle and should give nobody trouble, I hope.
P=S(2 + sqrt2)
John Nolton
Tombstone, AZ



Wednesday, July 04, 2012 at 6:06:39 PM 