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Pythagoras' Theorem

# Pythagoras' Theorem

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Pythagoras' Theorem
Years ago, a man named Pythagoras found an amazing fact about triangles:

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

AREA 1 + AREA 2 = AREA 3 IN THE FOLLOWING DIAGRAM

Definition
The longest side of the triangle is called the "hypotenuse", so the formal definition is:In a right angled triangle the square of the hypotenuse is equal tothe sum of the squares of the other two sides.So, the square of a (a²) plus the square of b (b²) is equal to the squareof c (c²):a
2
+ b
2
= c
2
Sure ... ?
Let's see if it really works using an example. A "3,4,5" triangle has a right angle in it, so theformula should work.Let's check if the areas
are
the same:
3
2
+ 4
2
= 5
2
Calculating this becomes:
9 + 16 = 25
Yes, it works !