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Pythagorean Theorem


Suppose that we have a right-angled triangle (a triangle that contains a 90o angle) as shown below, where c is the side opposite the right angle (this side c is called the “hypotenuse”)

Pythagorean Theorem example

The Pythagorean Theorem tells us that the lengths of the sides are related by the following formula: a2 + b2 = c2 


If a right-angled triangle has one side of length 3 and one side of length 4, find the length of the hypotenuse.


a2 + b2 = c2 

32 + 42 = c2 

9 + 16  = c2

         c2 = 25

           c = 5

Therefore, the hypotenuse has a length of 5.


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