Lesson 8: Finding Unknown Side Lengths
Let’s find missing side lengths of right triangles.
Illustrative Math Unit 8.8, Lesson 8 (printable worksheets)
Lesson 8 Summary
The following diagram shows how to find missing side lengths of right triangles.
Lesson 8.1 Which One Doesn’t Belong: Equations
Which one doesn’t belong?
Lesson 8.2 Which One Is the Hypotenuse?
Label all the hypotenuses with c.
Lesson 8.3 Find the Missing Side Lengths
- Find c.
- Find b.
- A right triangle has sides of length 2.4 cm and 6.5 cm. What is the length of the hypotenuse?
- A right triangle has a side of length 1/4 and a hypotenuse of length 1/3. What is the length of the other side?
- Find the value of x in the figure.
Are you ready for more?
The spiral in the figure is made by starting with a right triangle with both legs measuring one unit each. Then a second right triangle is built with one leg measuring one unit, and the other leg being the hypotenuse of the first triangle. A third right triangle is built on the second triangle’s hypotenuse, again with the other leg measuring one unit, and so on.
Find the length, x, of the hypotenuse of the last triangle constructed in the figure.
Lesson 8 Practice Problems
- Find the exact value of each variable that represents a side length in a right triangle.
- A right triangle has side lengths of a, b, and c units. The longest side has a length of c units. Complete each equation to show three relations among a, b, and c.
- What is the exact length of each line segment? Explain or show your reasoning. (Each grid square represents 1 square unit.)
- In 2015, there were roughly 1 × 102 high school football players and 2 × 103 professional football players in the United States. About how many times more high school football players are there? Explain how you know.
- Here is a scatter plot of weight vs. age for different Dobermans. The model, represented by y = 2.45x + 1.22, is graphed with the scatter plot. Here, x represents age in weeks, and y represents weight in pounds.
a. What does the slope mean in this situation?
b. Based on this model, how heavy would you expect a newborn Doberman to be?
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