MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

220 views

How do you calculate the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle if the two shorter sides are 6 and 8?

As this is a right angle triangle, we need to use Pythagoras's Theorem. 

This says that the length of the longest side of a right angle triangle (the hypotenuse) is equal to the sqaure root of the sum of the squares of two other sides.

So in this case:

h = sqrt(6^2 + 8^2)

h= sqrt(36 + 64)

h = sqrt (100)

h = 10 :)

Fun fact - this is a special triangle known as a Pythagorean triple as all three sides are integers (whole numbers) 

Rebecca V. A Level Maths tutor, 13 plus  Maths tutor, GCSE Maths tuto...

6 months ago

Answered by Rebecca, a GCSE Maths tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

454 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£18 /hr

Becky H.

Degree: Mathematics (Masters) - Exeter University

Subjects offered: Maths

Maths

“I have always loved Maths and have always found it mind-bogglingly enjoyable – this is why I’m doing a degree in Maths at Exeter University. My enthusiasm will shine through from the start and I’m told this can be really infectious! I...”

£20 /hr

Raimonds B.

Degree: Architecture (Bachelors) - Bath University

Subjects offered: Maths, Physics

Maths
Physics

“I am a first year Architecture student, as well as a well experienced tutor. I have tutored GCSE and A Level Mathematics and Physics for over two years, and have 5 star reviews on First Tutors. I have an exam based approach to revision...”

£18 /hr

Raquel L.

Degree: Physics with Theoretical Physics (Masters) - Kings, London University

Subjects offered: Maths, Spanish+ 1 more

Maths
Spanish
Physics

“I am a Physics with Theoretical Physics student at King´s College London. And if there is something that I love even more than Physics and Science is learning. I love it so much that I decided to leave my country, leaving there my fam...”

About the author

Rebecca V.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: MA Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics (Masters) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: Maths, Physics+ 1 more

Maths
Physics
Further Mathematics

“Hi, I'm Rebecca, I'm 23 and I'm currently taking a year to myself just to study, doing my masters in Logic and Philosophy of Maths. To me, mathematics has always been black and white, right or wrong whilst philosophy is all about thin...”

You may also like...

Posts by Rebecca

How do you calculate the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle if the two shorter sides are 6 and 8?

why does log a + log b = log (ab)

Other GCSE Maths questions

How do you find the mean of 5 values?

I am getting stuck on how to solve Simultaneous Equations, can you explain how to do this?

Solve ((3x+2)/(x-1)) +3 =4

How would you solve a quadratic equation by factorising?

View GCSE Maths tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok