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Question from drakkar, a student:

how do i find the height of a right triangle that in 176 feet in area


There are many possible answers.

The area of a triangle is 1/2 × base × height, and thus for your triangle base × height = 2 × 176 = 352. Hence if you give me two positive numbers so that their product is 353, like 32 and 11 or 8 and 44, then I can form a right triangle with one of the numbers the length of the base and the other the height.


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