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Can You Solve The Special Right Triangle Math Problem?

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Math riddles and tricky brain teasers are fun, but sometimes we like to get down and dirty with some good old-fashioned math problems. This one from the MindYourDecisions Youtube channel will test your knowledge of geometry and fractions. It may seem easy at first, but it might trip you up a bit. Give it a try, and check to see if you got the correct answer.

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Here's The Problem

The leg of a right triangle is equal to 1/5 the sum of the other sides. The triangle has a perimeter of 1. What's the area of the triangle? To see how this problem is solved, watch the video below. If you're feeling impatient, scroll down to read the answer.

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Here's The Answer

The area of the triangle is 1/30. To see how this problem is solved, watch the video above.

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