__M. Flashman __

The figure below contains information that can be used to explain why the following statement about the area of a right triangle is true:

**If one angle of a right triangle measures 15 degrees, then the area
of the triangle is one eighth of the square of the hypotenuse.**

Give a written explanation based on the figure by Klara Pinter for the truth of the statement. (Mathematics Magazine, V. 71, No.4, Oct., 1998)

**BONUS:** Prove the converse: If the area of a right triangle is
one eighth of the square of the hypotenuse, then one angle of the triangle
measures 15 degrees.