# SOLUTION: The hypotenuse of a right triangle is 2.5 units long. The longer leg is 1.8 units longer than the shorter leg. Find the lengths of the sides of the triangle.

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Question 147605: The hypotenuse of a right triangle is 2.5 units long. The longer leg is 1.8 units longer than the shorter leg. Find the lengths of the sides of the triangle.
Answer by edjones(7569)   (Show Source):
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c=2.5
a=b+1.8
a^2+b^2=c^2
(b+1.8)^2+b^2=(2.5)^2
b^2+3.6b+3.24+b^2=6.25
2b^2+3.6b-3.01=0
b=.621512
a=2.42151
c=2.5
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Ed
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