Posted by **jessica** on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 3:38am.

why it is not possible for a right triangle to have the following three sides: 12 feet, 18 feet, and 14 feet.

I need help because I am confuse. Thanks in advance.

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**drwls**, Monday, August 23, 2010 at 5:50am
It is possible to have a triangle with those side lengths, but it would not be a RIGHT triangle, because the Pythagorean theorem is not obeyed.

12^2 + 14^2 does NOT = 18^2

The hypotenuse (longest side) would have to be sqrt340 = 18.439

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