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    Question right triangle with given hypotenuse help!

    A right triangle with a hypotenuse 10 cm long is to have an area of 15 sq. cm. what should be the lengths of the legs?
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    If x & y represent the lengths of the legs then you know that:
    [Math]\frac{{xy}}{2} = 15\;\& \;x^2 + y^2 = 100[/tex].
    Solve for x & y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    If x & y represent the lengths of the legs then you know that:
    [Math]\frac{{xy}}{2} = 15\;\& \;x^2 + y^2 = 100[/tex].
    Solve for x & y.
    ok, i just have a question on solving for x and y. which x do i solve for, the one in the first equation? and then where should i plug it in?
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