Right Triangles and Pythagorean Theorem

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The Pythagorean Theorem states that, in a right triangle, the two smaller squares made from the triangles legs add up to equal the biggest square made from the hypotenuse.

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The lengths of the legs are commonly labeled as a and b and the hypotenuse length is labeled as c.

REMEMBER:

HYPOTENUSE: c is the longest side of the triangle

LEGS: a and b are the other two sides

What is the Pythagorean Theorem?

In short the Pythagorean Theorem can be explain with the formula below.

a2 + b2 = c2

AGAIN, THIS IS ONLY TRUE FOR RIGHT TRIANGLES!

Here are other examples:

When not knowing the Pythagorean Theorem can cost you $15,000.

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