For solving triangle word problems, first of all, give to the question physical shape by drawing a sketch. Then solve triangle using Pythagorean Theorem (right triangle case). Remember, word problems involving triangle give two sides of the triangle and ask you to find the third side.

**Example **

John drove 10 miles east, 6 miles south, 5 miles west and 6 more miles south. How far was John from his starting point?

Solution:

First sketch a diagram and join the vacant points with a dotted line. Now observe that a right angle triangle is formed including hypotenuse between the starting and ending points.

Now calculate hypotenuse using PythagoreanhTheorem