Posted by Jane on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:20am.
Please show me how to work this.
A park has two walking paths shaped like right triangles. The first path has legs 75 yd and 100 yd long. the second path has legs 50 yd and 240 yd long. What is the total length of the shorter path, in yards?

mathq  Steve, Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:37am
the length of each path is the combined length of its legs and its hypotenuse.
As you will recall from your study of the Pythagorean Theorem, the hypotenuse is found using
h^2 = a^2+b^2 where a and b are the legs of the triangle.
1. 75+100+125 = 300
2. 50+250+255 = 555
now, what is the length of the shorter path?

mathq  Jane, Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:41am
300 yards. I had on the numbers, but did not know to add them. Thanks, again.
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