hypotenuse of a triangle

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The lawn in front of Pythagoras Jr. High is in the shape of a rectangle 24m long and 10 m wide. How many meters shorter is your walk if you walk diagonally across the lawn rather than along two sides of it? How do you solve this? 

Sep 29th, 2015

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From the problem we see that the triangle that is obtained by drawing the diagonal line is

b=base=24m

w=wide= 10m

h=hypotenuse is

h=square-root(b^2 + w^2)= square-root(10^2 + 24^2)

h=square-root(100 + 576)=square-root(676)=26 m

J = (24+10)-26 = 34-26=8m

You walk 8 m shorter.

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Sep 29th, 2015

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