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You Will Need
- Right triangle
- Lengths of 2 sides
Determine the lengths of the short sides
Determine the lengths of the two short sides of a right triangle.
Calculate the squares
Calculate the squares of each of these lengths.
Take the square root of the sum
Add the squares together and take the square root of the result using a calculator. The resulting value is the length of the longest side, which is called the hypotenuse.
Calculate the lengths of short sides by analogy
Given the length of one of the shorter sides and the length of the hypotenuse, subtract the square of the short side from the square of the hypotenuse and take the square root.