# 5.1.A.AK CalculatingPropertiesShapesAnsKey

```Activity 5.1 Calculating Properties of Shapes
Introduction
If you were given the responsibility of painting a room, how would you know how
much paint to purchase for the job? If you were told to purchase enough carpet to
cover all the bedroom floors in your home, how would you communicate the amount
of carpet needed to the salesperson? If you had to place an order for new shingles
for the roof of your home, how would you determine the number of shingles needed?
Aside from the fact that each of these questions deals with home improvement
issues, they all center on the concept of area.
Area describes the measure of a two-dimensional surface. One example of how
area is used in engineering is the calculation of stress that develops in an object that
is subjected to an external load. If you have ever stretched a rubber band to the
point that it breaks, then you have applied an external load to an object that has a
constant cross-sectional area. In doing so, you caused stress to build up inside the
rubber band until it broke. Another example of how area is used in engineering is the
calculation of beam deflection. If you have ever walked across a fallen tree in an
effort to cross a creek, then you have experienced the concept of deflection. If the
tree had a small diameter, then the amount of deflection would be significant and
noticeable. If the tree had a large trunk, then the amount of deflection was probably
too small to feel or notice.
Equipment
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Engineering notebook
Pencil
Calculator
Procedure
them. You will also learn how to calculate the dimensions and area of a shape. Use
points, construction lines, and object lines to sketch the shapes described in the first
seven word problems. Use the notes contained in your engineering notebook to help
you perform the necessary calculations. Calculator use is encouraged, but you must
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1. Use the sketch below to calculate the area of the square. Add all linear dimensions to
the sketch that were used in the calculations. Note: Each grid unit = 1 inch.
2. The area of the square represented above is revised to be 90.0 in.2 Note that the original
grid spacing no longer applies.
a. What is the side length of the square?
2
A = 90.0 in.2 = s
where s = side length
𝑠 = √90.0 𝑖𝑛.2 = 9.50 𝑖𝑛.
b. Using this length, what would be the corresponding grid spacing for the sketch
8 grid spaces = 9.50 inches
9.5 𝑖𝑛.
8 𝑔𝑟𝑖𝑑 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠
=
1.1875 𝑖𝑛.
𝑔𝑟𝑖𝑑 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒
Therefore, the grid spacing in 1.1875 in. or 1 163 in.
c. What size circle would you cut out of the square in order to have a remaining
90.0 𝑖𝑛.2 − 𝜋𝑟 2 = 66.5 𝑖𝑛.2
90.0 𝑖𝑛.−66.5 𝑖𝑛.
𝜋
𝑟= √
= 2.74 𝑖𝑛. or d = 5.50 in.
d. Apply all necessary annotations and dimensions to size the shapes and locate
the circle in the center of the square.
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3. Complete the sketch of the rectangle. It must have an area of 2.25 in.2 Prove the
enclosed area by dimensioning the sketch and showing the area calculation.
Show only those dimensions needed for the area calculation. Note: Each grid
unit = 0.25 inch.
4. Use the sketch below to calculate the area of the rhomboid. Add linear
dimensions to the sketch that were used in the area calculation. Note: Each grid
unit = 1 inch.
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5. Complete the sketch of the obtuse triangle. It must have an area of 1.75 in.2
Prove the geometry by dimensioning the sketch and showing the area
calculation. Show only those dimensions needed for the area calculation. Note:
Each grid unit = 0.25 inch.
6. You are given a sheet of cardboard that is 8.0 in. x 11.0 in. How many full circles
with a diameter of 3.0 inches can you cut from the cardboard? What is the
percentage of waste if the excess cardboard (outside the circles) is thrown
away?
Allow students to brainstorm methods to solve this problem. Students may solve this virtually
(and can use Inventor to lay out the pattern) or with multiple circle cutouts and an 8 x 11 inch
piece of paper.
Eight circles can be cut from an 8.0 in. x 11.0 in. sheet, but nine circles will not fit.
Area of eight circles is A= 8 (πr2 )= 8π(1.5)2 = 56.55 in.2.
Total area of cardboard = (8.0 in.)(11.0 in.) = 88.0 in.2
Area of Waste = 88.0 in.2 - 56.55 in.2 = 31.35 in.2
Percent waste =
31.35 in.2
88.0 in.2 .
&times;100% = 35.7%
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7. An ellipse has an area of 4.71 in.2 and a minor axis that is 2.00 in. long. Solve for
the major axis, and then sketch the ellipse using that dimension. Show only those
dimensions needed for the area calculation. Note: each grid unit = 0.25 inch.
8. What side length would you specify if you were required to create a regular
hexagonal plate that was comprised of 33 cm2 of sheet metal? Sketch the
hexagon, dimension the side length on the sketch to the 0.1 cm, and indicate
cm
𝑨=
𝒏𝒔𝟐
𝟒𝒕𝒂𝒏(𝟏𝟖𝟎
)
𝒏
𝟔𝒔𝟐
𝟑𝟑 𝒄𝒎𝟐 =
𝟑𝟑 𝒄𝒎
𝒔= √
𝟒𝒕𝒂𝒏(𝟏𝟖𝟎
)
𝟔
𝟐 [𝟒𝒕𝒂𝒏(𝟏𝟖𝟎)]
𝟔
𝟔
= 𝟑. 𝟔 𝒄𝒎
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9. The sketch shown below is for a commercial sign. It was drawn to 1/10 of its true
size. What is the area of the actual sign? Prove your answer by showing all
calculations. Note that the sign was not drawn to scale but was drawn on a grid
in which the grid spacing unit is 1 inch.
= 4400 in.2 (provides a more appropriate level of precision)
More Challenging
10. A standard stop sign measures 30.00 inches from flat to flat. What is the side
length, x, of the stop sign (to the nearest 0.01 in.)? Justify your answer.
Students can use the regular polygon formulas on the Engineering Formula
Sheet.
𝐴𝑟𝑒𝑎 = 𝑛
8
1
2
s( ∙30.00)
2
1
2
𝑠( 𝑓)
2
=
=
𝑛𝑠2
4𝑡𝑎𝑛(
180
)
𝑛
(8)s2
180
4tan( )
8
2
60s = 4.8284s
4.8284s 2 − 60s = 0
𝒔(𝟒. 𝟖𝟐𝟖𝟒𝒔 − 𝟔𝟎) = 𝟎
s = 0 𝒐𝒓 4.8284s − 60 = 0
4.8284s = 60
𝒔 = 𝟏𝟐. 𝟒𝟑 𝒊𝒏.
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Conclusion Questions
1. What is the difference between a circle and an ellipse?
Every point on the perimeter of a circle is a uniform distance from a
common center point. Therefore, a circle is comprised of a continuous and
uniform curve.
2. What is the difference between an inscribed and a circumscribed shape?
An inscribed shape is one that has corners that occur on the perimeter of a
circle.
3. Why is it impossible for a triangle to contain a 180&deg; angle?
A triangle is comprised of three angles that must add up to 180&deg;. To be
considered an angle, the distance between two intersecting lines must be
greater than 0&deg;.
4. How is a rhombus similar to a square?
A rhombus and a square have sides that are of equal length, with opposite
edges being parallel to each other.
5. What is the difference between a right, acute, and obtuse triangle?
A right triangle contains a 90&deg; angle.
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