Diagonal of brick without formula

This is a fun geometric problem with a practical solution:

How can one measure the diagonal of a brick without any formula, using three bricks and a ruler?

Can you solve it?

Diagonal-of-brick-without-formulaThere is a remarkably easy way to find the diagonal. What you do is place two bricks in a row, and then stack one brick on top of either one. So you have one brick, and then next to it two bricks, creating an empty space where a fourth brick could be placed.

Now measure the length of the diagonal on the empty space using a ruler. No Pythagorean Theorem required!

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