How do you use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side of the right triangle with the given measures: side 1: x + 7, side 2: 35, side 3: x?
Pythagoras theorem states that in a right angled triangle, square of the hypotenuse the largest side is equal to sum of squares of other two sides.
As the larges side is hypotenuse, either side 1 or side 2 could be hypotenuse. Note side 3 cannot be hypotenuse as side 1 is greater than side 3. Hence, there could be two possibilities.
1 - If
2 - If
But as using minus sign gives negative answer, which is not possible, only possibility is
Hence solutions are