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Point X is randomly selected on the perimeter of a square of length $L$. $M$ is the midpoint of side. What is the probability that $XM> L$?

  1. $\frac{\sqrt 3 }{3}$
  2. $\frac{3 - \sqrt{3}}{3} $
  3. $\frac{3 - \sqrt{3}}{4}$
  4. $\frac{1+\sqrt{3}}{4}$

$OA$ is $C$. Please let me know the process.

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$M$ is the midpoint of which side? Does $M$ depend on $X$? –  Twiceler Mar 24 '13 at 20:04
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Not sure of what you want :s ... is there 5 question there? Can you clarify what exactly are the questions? And what do you mean by "$OA$ is $C$"? –  wece Mar 24 '13 at 20:17
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Let M be the midpoint of the bottom side.

  1. Where on the square must the point fall to have $XM \gt L$?
  2. What ratio is this region to the whole?
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