2014 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 9
Problem
The two legs of a right triangle, which are altitudes, have lengths and . How long is the third altitude of the triangle?
Solution
We find that the area of the triangle is . By the Pythagorean Theorem, we have that the length of the hypotenuse is . Dropping an altitude from the right angle to the hypotenuse, we can calculate the area in another way.
Let be the third height of the triangle. We have
Solution 2
By the Pythagorean Theorem, we have that the length of the hypotenuse is . Notice that we now have a 30-60-90 triangle, with the angle between sides and equal to . Dropping an altitude from the right angle to the hypotenuse, we see that our desired height is (We can also check from the other side).
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See Also
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