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?
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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.
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