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 h^{2} = a^{2} + b^{2}. Rearrange this equation so that the unknown (a^{2}) is the only quantity on the right hand side. And then solve by taking square roots.

Victoria

Math Central is supported by the University of Regina and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.