# Mr. R.’s World of Math

## Hypotenuse

### the longest side

Hypotenuse,
Has broken loose!
Going south,
Like a goose…
Now the slide’s,
No fun to ride,
All the children,
Saw and cried!
They liked to slide,
Its longest side!

Hypotenuse,
The longest side,
Tried to hide,
But those who know,
Will find him fast,
His game of hiding,
Just won’t last,
He’ll be leaning,
On some trees,
Opposite,
90º
Then we’ll fix,
Old playground slide,
So kids can play,
And glide and ride…

#### For example, if the sides of a right triangle are 3, and 4,then 9 + 16 = 25. The length of the third side is the square root of 25 which is 5

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