Pythagorean Spiral
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Over 2000 years ago there was an amazing discovery about triangles:

When a triangle has a right angle (90°) and squares are made on each of the three sides, then the biggest square has the exact same area as the other two squares put together!

It is called "Pythagoras' Theorem" and can be written in one short equation: a2 + b2 = c2

Ask any student about this in Mrs. Grover’s 8th Grade Math Classes. Students learned use the formula to find the hypotenuse, missing leg, and the distance between two points. They also discovered how to tell when a triangle is a right triangle with three given numbers. To end the unit, students completed the Pythagorean Spiral. They started with a basic right triangle and using on leg of the triangle and a straight edge created some really beautiful pictures. Math can be fun, beautiful, and interesting if you give it a chance.

 

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