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# in a right triangle, if the hypothenus is 6 what is the other sides? ⚑ Flag

by richard368 at January 13, 2011

well the sum of the lengths of the 2 smaller sides have to equal more than the length of the hypotenuse. so they could be many lengths. i think.

tori. January 13, 2011

Remember that a^2 +b^2 = c^2.  That should read ( a squared) plus (b squared)  equals (c squared)the hypotenuse is c.So to answer your question, a right traingle could have many different length sides as long as it satifies this equation.  However, in order to get the exact length for a particular triangle, you need more information.  For example if you knew the length of one of the sides that would help.  Or even if you did not know the length of one of the sides, but you knew that they were the same length, that would help.  So to find the sides of this right triangle, you really need more information either the length of one of the sides or what is the measure of another inside angle beside the already mentioned right-angle.

JPGARCIA January 13, 2011

use a^2 +b^2 = c^2

azngk January 14, 2011

technically even though this is a right triangle you need two sides to determine the 3rd side; to answer your question however sides a and b that satisfy pythagorean will work ie a^2+b^2=36(or 6 squared)

GURUKID January 16, 2011