# Does it matter which sides you choose for a, b, c in a right triangle, when applying the pythagorean theorem?

Nov 13, 2014

Side A and B does not matter when your trying to apply this to the pythagorean theorem but side C must always be the hypotenuse.

The hypotenuse is always the triangle's longest side. It is opposite the right angle.

I hope this helps.

Jan 12, 2016

You must be aware that the sides of a triangle are not always designated as A,B and C. It is imperative that you have ${\left(\text{adjacent")^2+("opposite")^2=("hypotenuse}\right)}^{2}$