# Given right triangle ABC, with right angle at C, if a = 5 and b = 11 use the pythagorean theorem to solve for b?

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Error in question:

If

If

#### Explanation:

By Pythagorean Theorem (since

If we are trying to find the value of

If we are trying to find the value of

Simply insert whichever values were intended and perform (or have your calculator perform) the arithmetic.

The question needs to be clarified... b appears twice.

Either:

#### Explanation:

The small letters represent the sides opposite the vertices with the same capital letter.

c would therefore be the hypotenuse.

This would involved squaring and adding the given sides.

If

However, if b=11 is meant to be c = 11, it means we are trying to find one of the shorter sides (b), which would involve subtracting:

if