I took notes in class on this theorem, but still don't understand how to do it. Can someone explain how this works/what to do? Attachment 31054

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- Jun 1st 2014, 11:36 AMjgolden1Leg squared theorem
I took notes in class on this theorem, but still don't understand how to do it. Can someone explain how this works/what to do? Attachment 31054

- Jun 1st 2014, 12:18 PMPlatoRe: Leg squared theorem
- Jun 1st 2014, 12:19 PMShakarriRe: Leg squared theorem
You can prove $\displaystyle h^2=xy$ by using pythagoras' theorem for the big triangle and the two smaller triangles.

and you can prove that $\displaystyle a^2=yc$ and $\displaystyle b^2=xc$ by using $\displaystyle h^2=xy$ and pythagoras' theorem for the smaller triangles