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Unfortunately, We Both Calculated WRONG

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on September 9, 2002 17:17:19 UTC

The problem also did not say how wide the boards could be. If they were wide enough, that could affect the distance. A board two feet wide
could be anchored by a heavy rock on our shore.
Then, even with a one foot overlap, we would be one foot closer with the other 10' board, and the moat could be 9'6" across.

Also the original problem
said the moat was more than 10' wide. But it also said it is the same width all the way around.
This is impossible for a rectangle within a rectangle. The diagonal measure was greater,
and it cannot be denied that the diagonal measure is a measure of the width of the moat at that point.

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