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# Double-check my math please: 69" x 92" screen = ? diagonal

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### #1 of 13 OFFLINEDon Black

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Posted April 23 2003 - 11:49 AM

I think it's 115" diagonally. Amy I right? Thanks.

### #2 of 13 OFFLINEChris PC

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Posted April 23 2003 - 01:02 PM

For a right angled triangle, it works the same for 4:3 or 16:9.

For 4:3 its:

actually really easy. 4 squared + 3 squared = hypotenuse squared which is 25. So the square root = 5. So the diagonal is 25% longer than the 4 in 4:3.

Watch:

92*1.25=115.

There you go. The 16:9 ratio still holds too.

It works like this for 1.77:1

Using the common 1.77:1 screen we use the ratio of 16:9 or Now what you want to know is what the diagonal size is. You need to find the side of the right angled triangle that is unknown. That just happens to be the hypotenuse So lets go back to math class

The square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

16 squared + 9 squared = 337 (or the hypotenuse squared)
So to find the diagonal we have to find the square root of 337. The square root of 337 = 18.36

So using inches as a unit, we now you know that a screen with dimensions 16:9 has a diagonal of 18.36". So just figure out how that diagonal compares to the longer side.

So 18.36/16=1.148.

So now you know that the diagonal of any 16:9 screen is going to be approximately 1.148 x the length of the longest side, the horizontal side.

So for a 1.77:1 screen 69" x 92" you have:

92" x 1.148 = 105.57 inches
Going from projector to flatscreen for a while....

### #3 of 13 OFFLINEGary.Blevins

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Posted April 23 2003 - 01:15 PM

I am a little confused. If you are looking for the diagonal measurement of any rectangle with a width of 92 and a height of 69, the formula would be: A^2 + B^2 = C^2 92^2 + 69^2 = 13225 (C^2) Therefore, the square root of 13225 = 115 inches diagonal Am I missing something? Gary

### #4 of 13 OFFLINEBill Lucas

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Posted April 23 2003 - 02:29 PM

Chris, 92" X 69" is a 4:3 screen, not a 1.78:1 screen. Your formula works for a screen that is 92" X 52".

### #5 of 13 OFFLINEStephen Hopkins

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Posted April 24 2003 - 08:36 AM

69" x 92" is a 4:3 screen with a 115" diagonal. Pretty sure Pathagerus would roll over in his grave if he read this thread.

### #6 of 13 OFFLINEJeff Drumm

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Posted April 24 2003 - 11:10 AM

[quote] Pretty sure Pathagerus would roll over in his grave if he read this thread. [quote] Yes, especially if he saw how his name is being butchered

(Pythagoras, for those who care)

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### #7 of 13 OFFLINEZen Butler

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Posted April 24 2003 - 11:12 AM

[quote] Yes, especially if he saw how his name is being butchered [quote]

### #8 of 13 OFFLINEChris PC

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Posted April 24 2003 - 11:22 AM

Opps. Didn't catch that, I was typing too fast. So just replace the 1.78:1 - 16:9 ratio with 4:3 or 1.33:1. Really, what I was doing, is showing you that you don't have to do the squares once you have the ratio. Take any 4:3 screen and multiply the width x 1.25 and you'll get the diagonal. Likewise, take a 16:9 screen and multiply the width by 1.147 and you get the diagonal measure. Or multiply the height of a 4:3 by 1.66 or a 16:9 by 2.04. Why do I know these ratios? It gives you the ability to figure out your diagonal screen size when given one of your limitations. If you are limited by height before width, like me, I can only make a screen 40 inches high. I have way more than 70 inches across, but with only 40 inches of height, I know that 40 x 2.04 =81.60 inches. Try it out when fitting a screen for a certain area. Makes things easier to visualize and figure out. I've edited my post. Chris
Going from projector to flatscreen for a while....

### #9 of 13 OFFLINEPaul Seyfarth

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Posted April 25 2003 - 03:21 AM

it doesn't matter what the ratio is, just take A^2 + B^2 = C^2. C is what you are looking for so you just have 92^2 + 69^2 = C^2, so just take square root, and you get 115 inches diagonal.

### #10 of 13 OFFLINEStephen Hopkins

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Posted April 25 2003 - 04:51 AM

Don't ya just hate it when a joke backfires on ya

### #11 of 13 OFFLINEDon Black

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Posted April 26 2003 - 11:53 PM

Wow. Thanks everyone.

### #12 of 13 OFFLINEGary.Blevins

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Posted April 27 2003 - 02:53 PM

Wasn't Pythagorus one of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park?

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### #13 of 13 OFFLINEPatrick Sun

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Posted April 27 2003 - 11:34 PM

Well, I knew the dinosaurs got smarter in Jurassic Park 3, but they can do trig and geometry now? Whoa!
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