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**bballkydd24** Hi I am really stuck on these SAT geometry problems which is my weakest topic and kills me every time. Anyways I do not know how to solve this problem, please show how to attack step by step:

1. If Jack's house is 7.1 miles due north of Senior Center and Belinda's house is 6.3 miles due west, to nearest tenth, what is shortest distance between houses?

Would Pythagorean theorem be involved?

yes

2. If the area of triangle T, with sides 5, 12, and 13, equals the area of rectangle R, width 8, what is perimeter of rectangle R?

I am stuck on this also. Would the area of the triangle by 1/2 (5) (12)?

yes