## Sunday, March 16, 2008

### Pythagoras Growing Post

Part 1

Describe what a Pythagorean Triple is and use your perfect square chart from 1 squared to 10 squared to find another one other than 3,4,5. (Note: You need a picture, not simply text.)

This is a pythagorean triple. It uses perfect square numbers to satisfy a2 + b2 = c.

Part 2

Using embeddable web 2.0, describe how to find the missing side of a Right Triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem, show how to solve both for a missing leg and the hypotenuse (note: you may use numerical examples ie. a=4 b=6 c=?)

Part 3

Explain how to solve a Pythagoras word problem. Use one of the examples we covered in class (Worksheet A, B, LeFrog or Bonus Problem).

LeFrog

Lefrog stands 1.5 metres from a wall where a fly is 2 metres up. If Lefrog's tongue comes out of his mouth 70 cm from the ground, how far does his tongue have to stretch to eat the fly ?

We needed to find what c was so we first change 700 cm into 0.7m by dividing 100 into 700. We then needed to subtract 0.7 from 2m to get 1.3. With a formula a2 + b2 = c2 we plugged in the numbers so now it was 1.3 2 + 1.5 2 = c2. Then got their squared number 1.69 + 2.25 = c2. Then we added them together to get c2 which is 3.94. Since we had to find c not c2 we found the square root of 3.94 which is 1.98.

Part 4

Now that you have seen many Pythagorean problems, create your own word problem.
A man named Johny went to buy groceries from Wal-mart which was 9 miles north from his house and after he was done he went home. Later Johny had enough money to buy a new laptop so he drove to Best Buy to buy one which was 16 miles east from his house. If Johny drove straight to Best Buy after he shopped at Wal-mart, how far would he have drove?