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Other

Description:

The Pythagorean theorem can be proven using several different basic figures. This activity introduces student to two such figures with a brief explanation of how to go about the proof. The activity will demonstrate alternate solutions to the problems as well as provide a glimpse into the way early mathematicians reasoned about mathematics. At the end of this activity the students should be able to understand that there are many ways to approach a problem, not to be completely reliant on a given drawing, and to recognize that not all geometric proofs are two column deductive proofs so familiar in traditional textbooks.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120114184740850T,Middle School,NSDL,Geometry,Grade 8,NSDL_SetSpec_1007936,Plane geometry,Grade 6,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics,Pythagorean theorem,Grade 7

Language:

English

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