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Try this beautiful Television Problem from AMC - 10A, 2008.

Older television screens have an aspect ratio of 4: 3 . That is, the ratio of the width to the height is 4: 3 . The aspect ratio of many movies is not $4: 3,$ so they are sometimes shown on a television screen by "letterboxing" - darkening strips of equal height at the top and bottom of the screen, as shown. Suppose a movie has an aspect ratio of 2: 1 and is shown on an older television screen with a 27 -inch diagonal. What is the height, in inches, of each darkened strip?

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- $2$
- $2.25$
- $2.5$
- $2.7$
- $3$

Geometry

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Pythagoras

But try the problem first...

Answer: $2.7$

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AMC-10A (2008) Problem 14

Pre College Mathematics

First hint

The above diagram is a diagram of Television set whose aspect ratio of $4: 3$.Suppose a movie has an aspect ratio of $2: 1$ and is shown on an older television screen with a $27$-inch diagonal. Then we have to find the height, in inches, of each darkened strip.

we assume that the width and height of the screen be $4x$ and $3x$ respectively, and let the width and height of the movie be $2y$ and $y$ respectively. If we can find out the value of \(x\) and \(y\) then the height of each strip can be calculate eassily

Can you now finish the problem ..........

Second Hint

By the Pythagorean Theorem, the diagonal is $\sqrt{(3 x)^{2}+(4 x)^{2}}=5 x=27 .$ So $x=\frac{27}{5}$

Now the movie and the screen have the same width, $2 y=4 x \Rightarrow y=2 x$

can you finish the problem........

Final Step

Thus, the height of each strip is $\frac{3 x-y}{2}=\frac{3 x-2 x}{2}=\frac{x}{2}=\frac{27}{10}=2.7$

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What to do to shape your Career in Mathematics after 12th?

From the video below, let's learn from Dr. Ashani Dasgupta (a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin and Founder-Faculty of Cheenta) how you can shape your career in Mathematics and pursue it after 12th in India and Abroad. These are some of the key questions that we are discussing here:

- What are some of the best colleges for Mathematics that you can aim to apply for after high school?
- How can you strategically opt for less known colleges and prepare yourself for the best universities in India or Abroad for your Masters or Ph.D. Programs?
- What are the best universities for MS, MMath, and Ph.D. Programs in India?
- What topics in Mathematics are really needed to crack some great Masters or Ph.D. level entrances?
- How can you pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics outside India?
- What are the 5 ways Cheenta can help you to pursue Higher Mathematics in India and abroad?

Cheenta has taken an initiative of helping College and High School Passout Students with its "Open Seminars" and "Open for all Math Camps". These events are extremely useful for students who are really passionate for Mathematic and want to pursue their career in it.

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