The legs of a right triangleMathworldPlanetmath are the two sides which are not the hypotenuseMathworldPlanetmath.

Above: Various right triangles, with legs in red.

Note that there are no legs for scalene or non-right isosceles trianglesMathworldPlanetmath, just as there is no notion of hypotenuse for these special triangles. An exception to this is that the two equal sides of an isosceles triangle may occasionally be referred to as “legs”, but this is uncommon.

Title legs
Canonical name Legs
Date of creation 2013-03-22 12:06:02
Last modified on 2013-03-22 12:06:02
Owner akrowne (2)
Last modified by akrowne (2)
Numerical id 8
Author akrowne (2)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 51-00