I need to find the length of the missing side of a triange that has a side of 24 and another 10. (hint is to use a(squared) + b(squared) = c(squared)

would it be 56?

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asked by Tyler
  1. it is easy to check that 56 squared is not equal to 24 squared plus 10 squared, however,
    26 works.

    Your triangle is a similar figure to the common 5,12 13 right-angled triangle by a factor of 2

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    posted by Reiny
  2. You can only use that formula if it is right angle triangle. If it is, you also have to know if the side with length 24 is the hypotenuse or not. It could be one of the right-angle sides. You need to provide more information.

    The answer cannot be 56 in either case. If it is a right triangle, the answer would be sqrt (10^2 + 24^2) = 26, or sqrt (24^2 - 10^2) = 21.8

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