PLEASE HELPThe lengths of two sides of a triangle are 12 inches and 4 inches. Which of the following dimensions is the third side of this triangle? 9 inches 8 inches 7 inches 6 inches

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You don't say whether this is a right triangle or not.Assuming it is a right triangle, then we use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the length of the hypotenuse:(hypo) = (length of third side) = √(12^2 + 4^2) = √(144+16) = √160 = 4√10.This is approx. 12.65 inches. Since this does not match any of the possible answer choices, we'll have to take a different approach to answering this question.Given that 2 sides of the given triangle are 12 and 4 inches, respectively, we see that the 3rd side has to be longer than 8 inches; otherwise we'd have three line segments on the same line, not forming a triangle.By this reasoning, 9 inches is the only possible answer that could be correct. With sides 12, 9 and 4 inches, the triangle would be obtuse and appear quite flat, but not be part of a straight line as with a third side of 8.