Jeffrey K. answered • 09/23/20

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Hi, Alex. Here's how to do it.

Let the hypotenuse's length be h.

Then, the other 2 legs are h - 2 and h - 7, respectively.

By Pythagoras, (h - 2)^{2} + (h - 7)^{2} = h^{2}

(h^{2} - 4h + 4) + (h^{2} -14h + 49) = h^{2 }

^{ }2h^{2} - 18h + 53 = h^{2}

h^{2} - 18h + 53 = 0 This is a quadratic which we must solve by the quadratic formula

h = (18 ± √(18^{2} - 4(1)(53))) / 2

= (18 ± √(224 - 212)) / 2

= (18 ± √12) / 2

= 9 + √3 or 9 -√3

= 10.73 cm or 7.27 cm

If the hypotenuse is 10.73 cm, the other 2 sides are 8.73 and 3.73 cm, respectively.

If the hypotenuse is 7.27 cm, the other 2 sides are 5.27 and 0.27 cm, respectively.

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