Hi Mary,
I drew a diagram of the situation you described. The angle at P is a right angle and one of the other two angles of the square measures 45 degrees, hence the third angle of the triangle also measures 45 degrees. Thus the sides PQ and TP are of equal length.
You have said that one of the sides of the triangle has length 4 but you didn't say which side. This problem has two answers.
If PQ = 4 then TP = 4 and you can use Pythagoras theorem to find QT and hence the perimeter of the pentagon.
If QT = 4 then since PT = TP you can again use Pythagoras theorem this time to find PQ and hence the perimeter of the pentagon.
Penny
