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Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

A garden has the shape of a right-angled triangle with sides of length $30$, $40$ and $50$. A straight fence goes from the corner with the right-angle to a point on the opposite side, dividing the garden into two sections which have the same perimeter. How long is the fence?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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