Hi,
Sorry if this a easy problem.... I've been out of school now for 15 years and trying to study up on taking the ACT test to start college in August. There is so much I have forgotten. I could use some help with this problem. Incase you cannot read the question it says....
In the isosceles right triangle below, AB = 10 feet. What is the length, in feet, of AC ?
It has a multiple choice and I'm thinking the answer is E (I believe that this is what my brother said) but I need to know the steps of how he got that for the answer.
Thanks a bunch for your help
Veronica
Note the isoceles, which means two of the sides of the triangle are of the same length.
Then I suggest you look at the wikipedia page for "Pythagoras' theorem" which will explain the formula for getting the length of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle. (You can tell the triangle is a right-angled one because of the little square drawn in the corner beside the B. If that weren't there, you could not assume the triangle was right-angled unless stated.)
edit: actually it does say in the question that the triangle is right-angled, apologies..
Thanks skeeter for the link. A lot of good info to help me out. Going now to read some more.
Thank you too Unenlightened... that is what I thought since it was a right triangle that AB and BC would be the same length, both would be 10. So the forumula I need to use is c = square root of a^2 + b^ , right? When I put this into my calculator I get 14.14213562 . Which I know letter E in the multiple choice is the answer.
One question I have a TI-30X IIS calculator.... is there some way you can change that number to a square root or will I just have to enter in the multiple choice to see which one is right?
Thanks Again,
Veronica