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Shawn Garsed

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Lately this has been bothering me, I hope you can understand the point I'm trying to make. On a side note, this topic maybe more philosophical than mathematical. It comes down to this. In a right triangle, why is the length of the hypotenuse not equal to the length of the adjacent side plus the length of the opposite side. When I think of the adjacent and opposite side as being the hypotenuse broken down into a vertical and a horizontal displacement where the hypotenuse is the total displacement, it seems logical that the hypotenuse is equal to the adjacent side plus the opposite side, since they both cover the same ground. Now I know about the Pythagorean Theorem, it's just that in my mind the above story makes perfect sense.

P.S.

This is an entirely different question, but I didn't want to start a new topic for it. Do you guys know some websites where they have algebra exercises, I like to test my algebra 'skills' once in a while too keep them fresh.

P.S.

This is an entirely different question, but I didn't want to start a new topic for it. Do you guys know some websites where they have algebra exercises, I like to test my algebra 'skills' once in a while too keep them fresh.

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