# 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: 8, 15, 17?

##### 1 Answer
Mar 22, 2016

${8}^{2} + {15}^{2} = {17}^{2}$
and therefore $8 , 15 , 17$ could be the measures of three sides of a right triangle

#### Explanation:

${17}^{2} = 289$

${8}^{2} + {15}^{2} = 64 + 225 = 289$