Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Emmanuels Scribepost for December 14


Q:A small triangular flower bed has a square
stepping stone at each of its sides. Is the
flower bed in the shape of a right triangle?
Explain your reasoning.

A:Well, since the area of the legs are 4800cm squared, and the hypotenuse's area is 9800cm squared, the pythagorean relationship will not work! Since the formula is a2+b2=c2, a2 and b2 would fall short equaling 9600cm2. So because of the pythagorean relationship, this triangle is not a right triangle!

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