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why is triangle stronger than the square?explain why please

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hogwarts | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM via web

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why is triangle stronger than the square?

explain why please

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academicsfirst | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 23, 2011 at 1:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Let's use the stability of a three-legged table opposed to the stability of a four-legged table as an example.  A plane is described as three non-collinear points.  Therefore, the three legs lie in only one plane.  The square table has four legs.  Four points determine more than one plane which accounts for less stability.

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