Special Right Triangles Calculator
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Special right triangles 30 60 90Special right triangles 45 45 90Other special right trianglesSpecial right triangles formulasSpecial right triangle rulesSpecial right triangle calculator – exampleFAQsThis special right triangles calculator will help you solve the chosen triangle's measurements in a blink of an eye. Select the triangle you need and type the given values – the remaining parameters will be calculated automatically.
The special right triangles are right triangles for which simple formulas exist. That allows quick calculations, so you don't need to use the Pythagorean theorem or some advanced method. Scroll down to read more about special right triangle formulas and rules.
Special right triangles 30 60 90
The special right triangle $30\degree$ $60\degree$ $90\degree$ is one of the most popular right triangles. Its properties are unique because it's half of the equilateral triangle.
If you want to read more about that special shape, check our dedicated 30° 60° 90° triangle calculator.
Special right triangles 45 45 90
Another famous special right triangle is the $45\degree$ $45\degree$ $90\degree$ triangle. It's the only possible right triangle that is also an isosceles triangle. Also, it's the shape created when we cut the square along the diagonal:
Curious about this triangle's properties? Please look at our 45° 45° 90° triangle calculator.
Other special right triangles
Many special right triangles exist, below you'll find the ones implemented in our tool:
Special right triangles formulas
If you are looking for the formulas for special right triangles, you are in the right place. Look at this neat table below; everything should be clear! In this table, you'll find the formulas for the relationship between special right triangle angles, legs, hypotenuse, area, and perimeter:
Special right triangle  $a$ (shorter leg)  $b$ (longer leg)  $c$ (hypotenuse)  Area  Perimeter  Angle $\alpha$  Angle $\beta$ 

$30\degree$  $60\degree$  $90\degree$  $x$  $x\sqrt 3$  $2x$  $x^2\sqrt{3}/2$  $x(3+\sqrt3)$  $30\degree$  $60\degree$ 
$45\degree$  $45\degree$  $90\degree$  $x$  $x$  $x\sqrt 2$  $x^2/2$  $x(2+\sqrt 2)$  $45\degree$  $45\degree$ 
$x$  $2x$  $x$  $2x$  $x\sqrt5$  $x^2$  $x(3+\sqrt 5)$  $\sim26.5\degree$  $\sim63.5\degree$ 
$x$  $3x$  $x$  $3x$  $x\sqrt {10}$  $3x^2/2$  $x(4+\sqrt{10})$  $\sim18.5\degree$  $\sim71.5\degree$ 
$3x$  $4x$  $5x$  $3x$  $4x$  $5x$  $6x^2$  $12x$  $\sim37\degree$  $\sim53\degree$ 
Special right triangle rules
Special right triangles are the triangles that have some specific features which make the calculations easier. Of course, the most important special right triangle rule is that they need to have one right angle plus that extra feature. Generally, special right triangles may be divided into two groups:

Anglebased right triangles – for example $30\degree$$60\degree$$90\degree$ and $45\degree$$45\degree$$90\degree$ triangles.

Sidebased right triangles – figures that have side lengths governed by a specific rule, e.g.:

Sides with integer lengths called Pythagorean triplets:
$3:4:5$, $5:12:13$, $8:15:17$, $7:24:25$, $9:40:41$…

Sides with integer lengths but almostisosceles:
$20:21:29$, $119:120:169$, $696:697:985$…

Right triangle, the sides of which are in a geometric progression (Kepler triangle). It's formed by three square sides. Their areas are in geometric progression, according to the golden ratio. For more on this special ratio, head to our golden ratio calculator.

There are many different rules and choices by which we can choose the triangle and call it special. In our special right triangles calculator, we implemented five chosen triangles: two anglebased and three sidebased.
Special right triangle calculator – example
Let's have a look at the example: we want to find the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle if the length of one leg is $5$ inches and one angle is $45\degree$.

Choose the proper type of special right triangle. In our case, it's $45\degree$$45\degree$$90\degree$ triangle.

Type in the given value. We know that the side is equal to $5$ in, so we type that value in the a or b box – it doesn't matter where because it's an isosceles triangle.

Wow! The special right triangle calculator solved the measurements of your triangle! Now we know that:
 Second leg $b$ is equal to $5\ \mathrm{in}$;
 Hypotenuse $c$ is $7.07\ \mathrm{in}$;
 Perimeter equals $17.07\ \mathrm{in}$; and
 Area of our special triangle is $12.5\ \mathrm{in^2}$.
Don't wait any longer. Try it yourself!
What are the formulas for a 45 45 90 triangle?
A 45° 45° 90° triangle has the following formulas, where x
is the length of any of the equal sides:
Hypotenuse = x√2
;Area = x²/2
; andPerimeter = x(2+√2)
.
How do I solve a 30 60 90 special right triangle?
To solve a 30° 60° 90° special right triangle, follow these steps:
 Find the length of the shorter leg. We'll call this
x
.  The longer leg will be equal to
x√3
.  Its hypotenuse will be equal to
2x
.  The area is
A = x²√3/2
.  Lastly, the perimeter is
P = x(3 + √3)
.
What are the two special triangles in trigonometry?
30° 60° 90° triangles and 45° 45° 90° (or isosceles right triangle) are the two special triangles in trigonometry. While there are more than two different special right triangles, these are the fastest to recognize and the easiest to work with. An example of a nonanglebased special right triangle is a right triangle whose sides form a Pythagorean triple.
Is 3, 4, and 5 a Pythagorean triplet?
Yes. The integers a = 3
, b = 4
, and c = 5
form a Pythagorean triplet since a² + b² = c²
, and a triangle with sides abc
is a right special triangle.