Right triangle from axes

A line segment has its ends on the coordinate axes and forms with them a triangle of area equal to 36 square units. The segment passes through the point ( 5,2). What is the slope of the line segment?

Correct result:

k1 =  -0.015
k2 =  -10.705

Solution:

S=36 S=ab2 ab=2 36=72 k=2b5a=ba  (2b)a=b (5a) (272/a)a=72/a (5a)  (2a72)a=72(5a)  (2a72)a=72 (5a) 2a2144a+360=0  p=2;q=144;r=360 D=q24pr=144242360=17856 D>0  a1,2=q±D2p=144±178564=144±24314 a1,2=36±33.40658617698 a1=69.40658617698 a2=2.5934138230199   Factored form of the equation:  2(a69.40658617698)(a2.5934138230199)=0   b1=72/a1=72/69.40661.0374 b2=72/a2=72/2.593427.7626 k1=b1a1=1.037469.4066=0.015S=36 \ \\ S=\dfrac{ ab }{ 2 } \ \\ ab=2 \cdot \ 36=72 \ \\ k=\dfrac{ 2-b }{ 5-a }=-\dfrac{ b }{ a } \ \\ \ \\ (2-b) a=-b \cdot \ (5-a) \ \\ (2-72/a) a=-72/a \cdot \ (5-a) \ \\ \ \\ (2a-72) a=-72 * (5-a) \ \\ \ \\ (2a-72) a=-72 \cdot \ (5-a) \ \\ 2a^2 -144a +360=0 \ \\ \ \\ p=2; q=-144; r=360 \ \\ D=q^2 - 4pr=144^2 - 4\cdot 2 \cdot 360=17856 \ \\ D>0 \ \\ \ \\ a_{1,2}=\dfrac{ -q \pm \sqrt{ D } }{ 2p }=\dfrac{ 144 \pm \sqrt{ 17856 } }{ 4 }=\dfrac{ 144 \pm 24 \sqrt{ 31 } }{ 4 } \ \\ a_{1,2}=36 \pm 33.40658617698 \ \\ a_{1}=69.40658617698 \ \\ a_{2}=2.5934138230199 \ \\ \ \\ \text{ Factored form of the equation: } \ \\ 2 (a -69.40658617698) (a -2.5934138230199)=0 \ \\ \ \\ \ \\ b_{1}=72/a_{1}=72/69.4066 \doteq 1.0374 \ \\ b_{2}=72/a_{2}=72/2.5934 \doteq 27.7626 \ \\ k_{1}=- \dfrac{ b_{1} }{ a_{1} }=- \dfrac{ 1.0374 }{ 69.4066 }=-0.015

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k2=b2a2=27.76262.5934=10.705k_{2}=- \dfrac{ b_{2} }{ a_{2} }=- \dfrac{ 27.7626 }{ 2.5934 }=-10.705



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