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What is the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle that has a base of 5 inches and a height of 12 inches?

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August 16, 2008 11:49AM

In any right triangle, the hypotense squared = the square of one side + the square of the other side. h2 = a2 + b2 Here, h2 = 52 + 122 = 25 + 144 = 169 We have h2 = 169 The square root of 169 is 13, so the length of the hypotenuse is 13 inches.