The diagram shows a square based pyramid with base PQRS and vertex O. All the edges are length 20 meters. Find the shortest distance, in meters, along the outer surface of the pyramid from P to the midpoint of OR.
The only way I have been able to solve this question is using a computer and the paper is non calculator, so there must be a faster, better solution.
My solution is creating a point X on OQ and labelling the midpoint of OR as M, and setting $\theta = OPQ$. I then calculated $PX + PM$ in terms of $\theta$ and found the minimum point of this function, in order to find the shortest possible distance. Finding the minimum point would be nowhere near possible under time constraint without a computer.
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