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When an altitude is drawn to the hypotenuse of a right triangle, the lengths of the segments of the hypotenuse are 16 and 25. What is the length of the altitude?

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It's 20 right?
nope
Can you help? please?

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just apply Pythagorean theoram
I get 29.7
...and it isn't an option...
I just need help with the concept so I can do the 24 other questions on my own...
Do you have a diagram?
No, there isn't one provided...the options are 20 25 41 50
|dw:1341768017319:dw|Should it be like this?
now the possible answer is 20
I guess @ujjwal
beacause the altitude can't be more than length of hypotnese
The correct answer is 20. In a rectangular triangle, when the hypotenuse is devided by the altitude x into two pieces I will call p and q, the following applies: \[h ^{2} = p q\] In German it is called altitude law of Euklid.
So 41 divided is 20? What? :O
No, it is meant like this: |dw:1341768231089:dw| No, but the square root of (16 times 25) is 20. AFAIK.
So whenever I come across a probllem like this I just multiply the two hypotenuses and square the solution to get my answer?
no, you multiply the two parts of the one hypothenusis and then take the sqare root of it.
Okay, thanks! :)I understand now :)
Great! Happy to help.

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