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A rectangular screen of a graphing calculator has dimensions 6.5 cm by 4.5 cm. What is the length of the diagonal of the screen to the nearest tenth?

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This is an application of the Pythagorean Theorem.  The length and width of the screen form two legs of a right triangle and the diagonal is the hypotenuse.  If we let d = the length of the diagonal (hypotenuse), then by the Pythagorean Theorem:
 
d2 = (6.5)2 + (4.5)2
 
Solve for d.

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