# SOLUTION: I have a right triangle. One of the legs is 8cm, the other leg is 'x' and the hypotenuse is 'x+4' how do I solve using pythagorean theorem if my hypotenuse is a binomial?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Pythagorean-theorem Question 455275: I have a right triangle. One of the legs is 8cm, the other leg is 'x' and the hypotenuse is 'x+4' how do I solve using pythagorean theorem if my hypotenuse is a binomial?Answer by mathmartian(7)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Since you have a binomial for the hypotenuse, make sure you square the entire binomial. Pythagorean theorem: a²+b²=c² where a and b are the legs and the c is the hypotenuse Substitute your legs and hypotenuse into the formula and solve 8²+x²=(x+4)² 64+x²=x²+8x+16 64=8x+16 Subtract x² from both sides 48=8x Subtract 16 from both sides x=6 Divide both sides by 8 Now you can use x=6 to solve for the leg and hypotenuse. The leg is 6cm while the hypotenuse is 6+4, or 10cm.