Manu has decided to create a triangular flower bed border. He plans to use 3 pieces of rectangular wooden plates with lengths 4, 5 and 6 feet, as shown in figure. Manu plans to cut the 3 pieces of plate for the flower bed border from a single piece of plate. If 1 8  inch wood is wasted in every cut, calculate the shortest single piece of plate which can be used by Manu (in inches)?

Manu has decided to create a triangular flower bed border. He plans to use 3 pieces of rectangular wooden plates with lengths 4, 5 and 6 feet, as shown in figure. Manu plans to cut the 3 pieces of plate for the flower bed border from a single piece of plate. If  inch wood is wasted in every cut, calculate the shortest single piece of plate which can be used by Manu (in inches)?

1. A
178
2. B
179
3. C
180
4. D
181

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Solution:

Let us re-draw the given triangular flower bed border.

Assume the length of one piece of rectangular plate is "x" inches.
We know that the sides are cut from these "x" inches. To get 3 rectangular boards for the triangular edge of the bed, we need to cut this single piece twice.
So total length of wasted board = inches
We know that 1 foot = 12 inches.
So length of one piece of rectangular plate (x) = AB + BC + CA + lost length.

inches.
We find the nearest whole number that is greater than 180.25 inches, which is 181 inches.
So we found the shortest single piece of board that Manu can use as 181 inches.
So the correct answer is option 4.

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