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    help rearranging this

    i am wanting to rearrange to make h the subject h the subject and then b the subject

    S= √(b2-h2)


    can someone please help me

    steve
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    Is your equation S = \sqrt{b^2-h^2} ?

    If so start by squaring both sides,

    S = \sqrt{b^2-h^2}

    S^2 = b^2-h^2

    Then adding h^2 to both sides

    S^2+h^2 = b^2

    Finally taking the square root of both sides.

    \sqrt{S^2+h^2} = b

    b = \sqrt{S^2+h^2}

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugst893 View Post
    i am wanting to rearrange to make h the subject h the subject and then b the subject

    S= √(b2-h2)


    can someone please help me

    steve
    I assume it's meant to be \displaystyle S = \sqrt{b^2 - h^2} .... (Use h^2 NOT h2 to repesent powers).

    Start by squaring both sides, then make h^2 the subject etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pickslides View Post
    Is your equation S = \sqrt{b^2-h^2} ?

    If so start by squaring both sides,

    S = \sqrt{b^2-h^2}

    S^2 = b^2-h^2

    Then adding h^2 to both sides

    S^2+h^2 = b^2

    Finally taking the square root of both sides.

    \sqrt{S^2+h^2} = b

    b = \sqrt{S^2+h^2}

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    that is great thankyou so much if i want h the subject id do the same but divide doth sides by b is that correct

    thats so great
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    Quote Originally Posted by sugst893 View Post
    that is great thankyou so much if i want h the subject id do the same but divide doth sides by b is that correct

    thats so great
    No. Post your working so that it can be reviewed.
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    ok so

    first i would square both sides

    then subtract s^2 from both sides

    giving me h=sqrt{S^2-b^2}

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    No, if you want to make it this way, it's a little different.

    S = \sqrt{b^2-h^2}

    Square both sides:

    S^2 = b^2-h^2

    Now, Move b^2;

    S^2 - b^2 = -h^2

    You see that there is a minus sign? Multiply both sides by -1:

    -S^2 + b^2 = h^2

    Rearrange:

    b^2 - S^2= h^2

    Now, you take the square root.

    \sqrt{b^2 - S^2}= h

    h = \sqrt{b^2 - S^2}
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