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By Gary Harley

Lesson plan

Today I will teach my class about the Pythagorean therom. I will start off telling them about it. Then I will teach them how to set up the equation for the problem. Then I will give them some examples to practice the Pythagorean therom.

**A little history for the students
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The Pythagorean therom came from a Greek mathematician named Pythagoras. He love math and than one day he got to thinking, how do you determine the length of the third side of a right triangle. And so then he set out how to find out how to find the formula and that is what is know as the Pythagorean therom.

**Step-By-Step Procedures
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A triangle has 3 sides a, b, and c. a measures 3 inches long, and b measures 4 inches long. what is the length of the third side c? We use the formula: A²+B²=C² So it would look like this:3²+4²=C² And then we would simplify: 9+16=C² Which would then equal:25=C² And then you would find the square route of 25 which we all know equals 5 and that is the answer. Write it out like this C=5.

**Step-By-Step procedures(continued) A telephone pole casts a shadow that is 20 feet
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long and the pole is 15 feet tall what is the distance from the end of the shadow to the top of the pole?

We use the formula:A²+B²=C² So it would look like this:20²+15²=C² And then we would simplify:400+225=C² Which would then equal:625=C² And then you would find the square route of 625 probably with a calculator and it would equal 25. Write it like this:C=25.

Definitions

Legs: Two sides of a right triangle that form a right triangle. Hypotenuse: the side opposite the right angel in a right triangle. Pythagorean therom: if a right triangle has legs of lengths a and b and a hypotenuse of length c, then A²+B²=C².

Homework

To show that my students have learned the lesson, I will give them homework to do so they can practice it.

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