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Question from Tate, a student:

I need to find the area of a right triangle. I already know that the formula would be a squared + b squared = c squared. However, I only have the length of the hypotenuse and the base. I would greatly appreciate it if you could help. Thanks :)

Hi Tate,

You know that h2 = a2 + b2. Rearrange this equation so that the unknown (a2) is the only quantity on the right hand side. And then solve by taking square roots.


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