## anonymous 4 years ago there are two triangles one leg is 160m in the first triangle. In the Second it is h. The hypothenus is 144. the other is 288. What is the h on the smaller triangle?

1. anonymous

Assuming similar triangles, set up a ratio

2. Hero

Well, I realize that they are similar because they're apparently right triangles

3. anonymous

we are setting up a proportion

4. anonymous

yes they are right angles

5. anonymous

Not all right triangles are similar

6. anonymous

they are similar though in this problem

7. anonymous

Well the 160 belongs to the larger triangle, because the hypotenuse is the largest side of a triangle. $\frac{288}{160}=\frac{144}{x}$

8. anonymous

okay thanks for the proportion can help me solve it