Here is an example of how to use the Pythagorean Theorem. Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. First the Pythagorean Theorem only applies to right triangles; make sure that one of the angles of the triangles = 90 degrees

2. Next plug in your a, b and c values into formula; note: the “c” variable always represents the hypotenuse (the longest side) of the triangle

3. Simplify the equation to find the length of the missing side

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Important habits to master math:

1. write out all steps

2. be very neat

3. use pencil not pen

4. review your work as your go

5. make sure you know the basics like fractions, positive and negative numbers and order of operations