## Steph_Rawr352 3 years ago What makes a triangle a “special” right triangle? How can special right triangles help me find side lengths?

1. Mertsj

if the angles are 45-45-90 or 30-60-90 Those are the special right triangles.

2. razor99

well cause it has 3 sides :p

3. Steph_Rawr352

all triangles have 3 sides lol.. that would make them ALL special

4. Mertsj

Why don't you just tell us what triangle you are talking about and we will help you solve it.

5. Steph_Rawr352

well i dont have a specific triangle its just any right triangle.. i dont get this question either.. :L

6. Mertsj

What is the question?

7. Steph_Rawr352

thats the question: What makes a triangle a “special” right triangle? How can special right triangles help me find side lengths? its kind of confusing to me.. :L i dont get what it means when it says "special" right triangles..

8. jlynalt

9. Steph_Rawr352

so basically if the angles of a triangle are either 45-45-90 or 30-60-90 its "special" ?

10. Mertsj

The thing that makes a right triangle a "special right triangle" is the measure of its acute angles. If the acute angles are both 45 degrees it is a "special right triangle". The sides have the unique relationship in that the legs are equal in measure and the hypotenuse is the leg multiplied by the square root of 2. There is a second "special right triangle." It too is special because of the measure of it's acute angles. If the acute angles are 30 and 60 degrees it is called special. This is because of the relationship between the measures of its sides. In this triangle, the short leg is 1/2 the hypotenuse and the long leg can be found by multiplying the short leg by the square root of 3.

11. christina123

LOL did you get this question from fvs? :] im on the same thing now -.-

12. needhelp1111

can you give an example @Mertsj ?

13. Mertsj

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