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IsRightTriangle(x, y, z)

Last updated December 7, 2001

author

Joshua Kay

Version: 1 | Requires: CF5 | Library: MathLib

Description:
Takes any three numbers corresponding to sides on a triangle and returns a boolean for whether or not the three sides can create a right triangle. Order of numbers does not matter.

Return Values:
Returns a Boolean value.

Example:

<cfset x=4>
<cfset y=3>
<cfset z=5>

<CFOUTPUT>
Given x=4,y=3,and z=5<br>
Does this represent a right triangle?
<BR>
Answer: (#IsRightTriangle(x,y,z)#)
</CFOUTPUT>

Parameters:

Name Description Required
x Length of one side of the triangle. Yes
y Length of the second side of the triangle. Yes
z Length of the third side of the triangle. Yes

Full UDF Source:

/**
 * Takes any three numbers, checks to see whether they create a right triangle.
 * Optimizations by Rob Brooks-Bilson (rbils@amkor.com) and Sierra Bufe (sierra@brighterfusion.com)
 * 
 * @param x 	 Length of one side of the triangle. 
 * @param y 	 Length of the second side of the triangle. 
 * @param z 	 Length of the third side of the triangle. 
 * @return Returns a Boolean value. 
 * @author Joshua Kay (josh@dataquix.com) 
 * @version 1, December 7, 2001 
 */
function isRightTriangle(x,y,z){
  // Sort the side lengths from smallest to largest
  ArraySort(Arguments,"Numeric");
  // Use the familiar Pythagorian theorem (a^2+B^2=C^2) to determine if this is a right triangle
  Return (Arguments[1]^2 + Arguments[2]^2) EQ Arguments[3]^2;
}
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