Can You Solve This 1869 MIT Admissions Question?

October 3, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

Photo credit: Screen capture from video by MindYourDecisions

This question appeared on a MIT Admissions exam almost 150 years ago!

"The perpendicular dropped from the vertex of the right angle upon the hypotenuse divides it into two segments of 9 and 16 feet respectively. Find the lengths of the perpendicular, and the two legs of the triangle." Can you solve it? Watch the video by MindYourdecisions below to find the solution.

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