# The legs of a right triangle have lengths of x + 4 and x + 7. The hypotenuse length is 3x. How do you find the perimeter of the triangle?

##### 1 Answer

Jan 3, 2016

#### Explanation:

The perimeter is equal to the sum of the sides, so the perimeter is:

#(x+4)+(x+7)+3x=5x+11#

However, we can use the Pythagorean theorem to determine the value of

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

where

Plug in the known side values.

#(x+4)^2+(x+7)^2=(3x)^2#

Distribute and solve.

#x^2+8x+16+x^2+14x+49=9x^2#

#2x^2+22x+65=9x^2#

#0=7x^2-22x-65#

Factor the quadratic (or use the quadratic formula).

#0=7x^2-35x+13x-65#

#0=7x(x-5)+13(x-5)#

#0=(7x+13)(x-5)#

#x=-13/7,5#

Only

Since

#5(5)+11=36#