Subject: Quadratic Equations A rightangled triangle has one side that is 8 cm shorter that the hypotenuse. The other side is 1 cm shorter than the hypotenuse. Find the length of the sides. please help i can't figure it out! Pamela, Jeff, Kayleigh & Jacob Hi, Since you know the lengths of the legs of the triangle in terms of the hypotenuse, I would let the length of the hypotenuse be x cm. The other two sides of the triangle then have lengths x  8 cm and x  1 cm.
By the theorem of Pythagoras,
Can you solve this for x?
