hey guys can you help me here.
A right triangle has area 50.
a) Express the hypotenuse as a function of a single variable, and
b) Find the shortest possible hypotenuse this triangle can have
I know that bh/2=50. They're asking me to write b^2+h^2=c^2 in terms of a single variable?
In calculus you are expected to be competent with basic algebra. It is essential. Otherwise you are in for a world of pain. It's often been said that most problems students have in calculus are due to poor skills in algebra. I suggest you extensively review all the algebra that is pre-requisite for the subject you are studying.
For the particular problem you're working on, you're meant to note that using a basic surd rule .... Now simplify your answer.