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    Pythagorean 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.
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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: a^{2} + b^{2} = c^{2} where c is the hypotenuse and a and b are the two legs.
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