The longer leg of a right triangle measures 5 inches less than the hypotenuse. The shorter leg measures 25 inches. Find the length of the long leg.

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- May 8th 2008, 02:52 PMrowdy3Pythagorean theorem?
The longer leg of a right triangle measures 5 inches less than the hypotenuse. The shorter leg measures 25 inches. Find the length of the long leg.

How would I set this up? - May 8th 2008, 02:55 PMo_O
If the hypotenuse is h and the longer leg is 5

**less**than h (i.e. the hypotenuse), what is the length of the longer leg in terms of h?

Then, plug this into the pythagorean theorem: where c is the hypotenuse and a and b are the two legs. - May 8th 2008, 03:06 PMthrash
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