Hello,Originally Posted by kbryant05
let x be the longer of the two legs, then the shorter leg is (x-2). (All mesures in feet).
By the rule of Pythagoras you can calculate:
Expand the LHS of your equation (be aware that you have to use the binomial formula!) and subtract 36 on both sides. You'll get:
Use the formula to solve this equation. The negative solution isn't very plausible with your problem. So you have: