# SOLUTION: Hi, I am trying to solve what should be a simple problem, but can't figure it out. I would appreciate some help. The Hypotenuse of a right triangle measures 13 cm. Find the leng

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 Question 70894: Hi, I am trying to solve what should be a simple problem, but can't figure it out. I would appreciate some help. The Hypotenuse of a right triangle measures 13 cm. Find the lengths of the legs if their sum is 17 cm. I tried setting one side to x, and the other to 17-x and setting them up in the pythagorean theorem, but had no luck, so I know I am doing something wrong. Thank you, Jodi Answer by checkley75(3666)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MISTAKE IN YOUR PRESENTATION OF THE PROBLEM. THE SUM OPF THE OTHER TWO SIDES OF THIS TRIANGLE MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HYPOTENUSE HOWEVER 17-13=4 WHICH IS NOT GREATER THAN THE HYPOTENUSE. TRY AGAIN ONCE YOU'VE CORRECTED THE PROBLEM ITEMS.