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

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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