Special isosceles triangles
Problem 138Published on Saturday, 20th January 2007, 11:00 am; Solved by 3441
Consider the isosceles triangle with base length, b = 16, and legs, L = 17.
By using the Pythagorean theorem it can be seen that the height of the triangle, h = √(172 − 82) = 15, which is one less than the base length.
With b = 272 and L = 305, we get h = 273, which is one more than the base length, and this is the second smallest isosceles triangle with the property that h = b ± 1.
Find ∑ L for the twelve smallest isosceles triangles for which h = b ± 1 and b, L are positive integers.