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How Now, Pythagoras?

You may think of the Pythagorean theorem as useful only to geeky college freshmen who want to calculate how many steps they are saving by walking across the grass. Recently I learned of a very practical use of this theorem in a very unexpected place.

Author(s):

Lin Chambers

Date Accepted: 1998-08-31 Grade Group: Middle School (6-8) Benchmarks: M5.3.7 M5.4.2 M5.4.8 M5.4.11 Keywords: pythagoras geometry hands-on right angle Microsoft Word: 07_10_98_1.docx PDF Document: 07_10_98_1.pdf