Problem #1057


Many television screens are rectangles that are measured by the length of their diagonals. The ratio of the horizontal length to the height in a standard television screen is $4 : 3$. The horizontal length of a "$27$-inch" television screen is closest, in inches, to which of the following?

[asy]  import math; unitsize(7mm); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(8pt)); draw((0,0)--(4,0)--(4,3)--(0,3)--(0,0)--(4,3)); fill((0,0)--(4,0)--(4,3)--cycle,mediumgray); label(rotate(aTan(3.0/4.0))*"Diagonal",(2,1.5),NW); label(rotate(90)*"Height",(4,1.5),E); label("Length",(2,0),S);[/asy] $\textbf{(A) } 20 \qquad\textbf{(B) } 20.5 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 21 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 21.5 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 22$

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  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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