Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jordan's Scribepost

The Pythagorean Theorem

In class we learned about the Pythagorean theorem. It states that a2 + b2 = c2 as shown in the picture. The 2 legs ( a and b ) squared are equal to line c squared which is also known as the hypotenuse because it is opposite the right angle.

Also if you take a2 and b2 you can fit them onto c2. Like so:

Now for figure 3 you have to use a grid and cut up 3 squared to make it fit on the rest of 5 squared.

That is how you show that a2 + b2 = c2

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