anonymous
  • anonymous
Joe has a small pond on his farm.He wants to build a footbridge from point A to point B.He marked a spot at point C so that angle B is a right angle. What is the approximate distance from point A to point B? A.23 ft B.24ft C.25ft D.26ft
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OakTree
  • OakTree
It must be 24ft, because to be integer values it must be a 7-234-25 triangle.
OakTree
  • OakTree
Not 234, 24.
OakTree
  • OakTree
Which means that because the hypotenuse must be 25, the AB side must be 24.

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OakTree
  • OakTree
That help any?
anonymous
  • anonymous
yup thx very much
OakTree
  • OakTree
You know the families of right triangles, right?
anonymous
  • anonymous
yea
OakTree
  • OakTree
O.K. then. Just for anyone out there that doesn't know them, they're triplets of numbers that work for the Pythagorean triples.
anonymous
  • anonymous
ok thc
OakTree
  • OakTree
Some of them are 3-4-5, 7-24-25, and 8-15-17.
OakTree
  • OakTree
The biggest number is always the hypotenuse.
OakTree
  • OakTree
Meaning the side opposite the right angle.
OakTree
  • OakTree
Just a shortcut for using the Pythagorean Theorem.
OakTree
  • OakTree
Which is a^2+b^2=c^2, where a and b are legs and c is the hypotenuse (duh!)

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