Can the sides 10, 40, 42 be a right triangle?

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Jul 1, 2015

Answer:

The following numbers do not form a Pythagorean triplet.

Explanation:

Let the three sides be denoted as: # a,b,c # ,in which #color(blue)(a)> color(green)(b,c# .

If the sides form a Pythagorean triplet they should satisfy the Pythagoras theorem:

#color(blue)(a^2) = color(green)(b^2 +c^2#

Here #color(blue)(a=42, color(green)(b = 40, c=10#

As per theorem:

#color(blue)(a^2 # should be equal to #color(green)( b^2 +c^2#

But the sum doesn't follow the Pythagoras theorem, as:

#42^2 != 40^2 + 10^2#
#1764 != 1600+ 100#
#1764!=1700#

So, the following numbers do not form a Pythagorean triplet.