Problem Statement

A board is cut from a cylindrical log as shown in the cross section on the activity sheet.

If the cant size is 8.3 inches and the log diameter is 15.8 inches , find the largest thickness, x, of a board of width 10.0 inches that can be cut on the side.

Activity Sheet on this webpage at British Columbia Institute of Technology

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