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    Voltman
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    Talking My first post...

    Find the value of y
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    Now this could be solved if you identify the triple, the 3,4,5 tirangle.
    or you can just do the algebra.

    (y+1)^2 + y^2 = 5^2
    y^2+2y+1 + y^2 = 5^2
    2y^2+2y-24  = 0
    y^2+y-12 = 0
    (y+4)(y-3) = 0

    remember y is a length so it cannot be negative.

    hope that help.

    bobak
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