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The numbers 20, 99, and 101 form a Pythagorean triple. A right triangle has heights 20, 99, and x where x is the shortest height. What is x?

 Jul 11, 2021
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just use Pythagoras's theorem to work it out.  The Pythagorean triple that they gave you is irrelevant.

 

Hint:

Since you want the shortest side, there will be a take away.  (minus)

 Jul 11, 2021
edited by Melody  Jul 11, 2021
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This is not possible in a right triangle....   the shorter side + the 20 side do not add up to more than 99 ....necessary to meet the triangle side length rule. .

 Jul 11, 2021
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Good spotting EP   cool

Melody  Jul 11, 2021

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