# Precalculus Examples

Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the unknown side. In any right triangle, the area of the square whose side is the hypotenuse (the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of areas of the squares whose sides are the two legs (the two sides other than the hypotenuse).

Solve the equation for .

Substitute the actual values into the equation.

Remove parentheses.

Raise to the power of .

Remove parentheses.

Raise to the power of .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Rewrite as .

Pull terms out from under the radical, assuming positive real numbers.