**Draw Your Own Figure**

Question 1 with Solution

Question 1 with Solution

Last week, I went over a strategy for solving certain math problems on standardized tests by drawing a figure, and I gave you four problems to try on your own. You can see that post here: Math Strategy: Draw Your Own Figure

Today I would like to give a solution to the first of those four problems. I will give solutions to the other three problems throughout this week.

**Example: **What is the area of a right triangle whose sides have lengths 14, 48, and 50?

Try to solve the problem yourself before checking the solution below.

**Solution: **Let’s begin by drawing a picture

**Remember: **The** hypotenuse** of a right triangle (the side opposite the right angle) is always longer than both **legs**.

In a right triangle we can always take the two legs to be the base and the height (in either order). So *b* = 14, *h* = 48, and

*A* = 1/2 *bh* = 1/2(14)(48) = **336**.

**More Problems with Explanations**

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