H, M and B are given and I need to find the lateral area (area of all the sides): Sketch of the cuboid

Since it's a cuboid, I know that the lateral area is $$S = 2(aH + bH) = 2H (a+b)$$

I found the base diagonals using the cross section area and the height. I know that they bisect each other and that they are equal in measure, but I can't find the length and breadth because i don't have any other angles.

And I can't use the fact that $d = \sqrt{a^2 + b^2}$ since $(a+b)^2$ is not the same as $a^2 + b^2$

Any kind of help is appreciated.


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Now, $$a^2+b^2=\frac{M^2}{H^2}$$ and $$ab=B,$$ which gives $$(a+b)^2=\frac{M^2}{H^2}+2B.$$ Can you end it now?

I got $$2\sqrt{M^2+2BH^2}.$$

  • $\begingroup$ Damn, I'm dumb. Thank you so much! $\endgroup$ Sep 18, 2020 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ @imski_konj You are welcome! $\endgroup$ Sep 18, 2020 at 10:59

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