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Triangles with integer sides 
20051104 

From Tammy: I am trying to find another pair of integer sided isosceles triangles, not the same as the ones listed below, with equal areas.
(5,5,8)
(5,5,6) Answered by Chri Fisher. 





Odd Pythagorean triples 
20031023 

From Kathleen: in a triple can a and b be odd numbers Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pythagoras & magic squares 
20011009 

From John: My grandson became intrigued when he recently 'did' Pythagoras at elementary school. He was particularly interested in the 345 triangle, and the fact that his teacher told him there was also a 51213 triangle, i.e. both rightangled triangles with whole numbers for all three sides. He noticed that the shortest sides in the two triangles were consecutive odd numbers, 3 & 5, and he asked me if other right angled triangles existed, perhaps 'built' on 7, 9, 11 and so on. I didn't know where to start on this, but, after trying all sorts of ideas, we discovered that the centre number in a 3order 'magic square' was 5, i.e. (1+9)/2, and that 4 was 'one less'. Since the centre number in a 5order 'magic square' was 13 and that 12 was 'one less' he reckoned that he should test whether a 7order square would also generate a rightangled triangle for him. He found that 72425, arrived at by the above process, also worked! He tried a few more at random, and they all worked. He then asked me two questions I can't begin to answer ...  Is there a rightangled triangle whose sides are whole numbers for every triangle whose shortest side is a whole odd number? and
 Is each triangle unique (or, as he put it, can you only have one wholenumbersided rightangled triangle for each triangle whose shortest side is an odd number)?
Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Pythagorean triples 
20000301 

From Bob Ross: Could you please tell me what pythagoria triad is.I am a year 10 student. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Pythagorean Triples. 
19971204 

From Shameq Sayeed: I've got a couple of problems which I hope you'll be able to solve for me. I'm investigating pythagorean triples, and I have found a trend for the triples themselves, and thus have been able to form a general equation, i.e. a=2x+1, b=2x^2+2x, and c=b+1. Now, I sure this equation works, because I've tried it out and have come up with triples that adhere to a^2 + b^2 = c^2. But I was wondering WHY c=b+1. Is it possible to have c=b+2, and if not why not? THAT is the first problem. Answered by Chris Fisher. 


