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    the hypotenuse of a right anglred triangle has its endpoints(1,3) and (-4,1).Find the equation of the legs(perpendicular sides of the triangle).

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    Quote Originally Posted by prasum View Post
    the hypotenuse of a right anglred triangle has its endpoints(1,3) and (-4,1).Find the equation of the legs(perpendicular sides of the triangle).

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    Can you work your way from the Pythagorean formula or do you need more help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by prasum View Post
    the hypotenuse of a right anglred triangle has its endpoints(1,3) and (-4,1).Find the equation of the legs(perpendicular sides of the triangle).

    please help
    I recommend you sketch the given points on graph paper and locate the two horizontal/vertical leg solutions.

    You should also note that this question has an infinite number of solutions if you make the given points the endpoints of a circle's diameter ... the vertex opposite the hypotenuse would lie anywhere on the circle.
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