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Pat knows that one leg of a certain right triangle is 300 cm and the hypotenuse is 400 cm.
Pat notes that 300= 3*100 and 400= 4*100, and then uses the {3,4,5} Pythagorean
triple to determine that the other leg must be 5*100=500 cm. Explain why Pat’s method
doesn’t work and determine the correct length of the other leg of the triangle.

 Apr 15, 2020
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It doesn't work because the legs can't be bigger than the hypotenuse. I don't know what the length of the other leg is but keep in mind that the sum of both legs must be greater than the hypotenuse.

 Apr 15, 2020

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