Alissa Fong

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Pythagorean Theorem - Problem 3

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Pythagorean Theorem - Problem 2

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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If a triangle is right, then one leg squared plus the other leg squared equals the hypotenuse squared. First, identify the hypotenuse (easier said than done- it's the longest side, always across from the right angle.) Then set up your equation and solve for the variable. You will probably need to take a square root in your last step- use your calculator to find an appropriately rounded decimal. You can do this on the x-y coordinate plane as well by counting the squares that represent the lengths of vertical and horizontal sides.

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