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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.

Grade Level: Middle School (6-8)
Curriculum Topic Benchmarks: M5.3.7, M5.4.2, M5.4.8, M5.4.11
Subject Keywords: Pythagoras, Geometry, Hands-on, Right angle

Author(s): Lin Chambers
PUMAS ID: 07_10_98_1
Date Received: 1998-07-10
Date Revised: 1998-08-31
Date Accepted: 1998-08-31

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