How do you use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if the following three numbers could represent the measures of the sides of a right triangle: 20, 6, 21?

2 Answers
Apr 18, 2017

Answer:

The Pythagorean Theorem tells us that a triangle has a right angle if and only if the length of the longest side (the "hypotenuse") squared is equal to the some of the squares of the other two sides.

Explanation:

In this case, if the triangle were a right-angled triangle
#21^2# would need to be equal to #6^2+20^2#

Without doing the actual calculation we can see that
#color(white)("XXX")21^2# is an odd number, and
#color(white)("XXX")6^2+20^2# is an even number
so these values can not be equal (and the triangle does not contain a right angle)>

Apr 18, 2017

Answer:

Pythagorean Theorem refers to right-angled triangles.

Explanation:

In a right angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to
the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

#a^2 + b^2 = c^2#

C will be the longest side of the triangle, in this case, 21

#20^2 + 6^2 = 436#

However, #21^2 = 441#

Hence, it is not a right-angled triangle.

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