Subject: Quadratic Equations
A right-angled 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
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?