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Glog by: Michelle Delong
Pythagoras was the founder of the Pythagorean Theorem. He was a famous genuis Greek mathmatician. He created the formula that is used with solving the sides of a right triangle. The image to the left shows the formula and placement of the letters. Other letters could be used to represent the legs and hypotenuse.
Pythagorean theorem is extremely easy to use and easy to understand. It has been used for many centuries and will continued to be used for many more. To use the formula you need to remember the placement of the letter and how to set it up. Also that the formula only works for right triangles and does not work for other types of triangles.
The c in the formula always represents the hypotenuse. The hypotenuse is across from the 90 degree angle. The a and b in the formula represents the legs. It does not matter which leg is labled a or which leg is labled b.
This is how you find the length of the hypotenuse.