Take the WOO Name: Date: Pythagorean Theorem Part I: Notes The Pythagorean Theorem lets us solve for

sides of a we don’t know. c a triangle that Section: Number:

b Part II: How to Use When you are solving problems involving right triangles, remember the acronym DSSIS for the 5 steps of the solution process. This stands for: 1. Draw a picture 2. 3. Simplify 4. 5. Square root Problem 1: A 20 foot ladder is leaned against a wall. If the base of the ladder is 8 feet from the
wall, how high up the wall will the ladder reach.

STEP 1

DRAW A PICTURE

STEP 2 STEP 3

SUBSTITUTE THE KNOWN SIDES SIMPLIFY

STEP 4

ISOLATE THE VARIABLE SQUARE ROOT

STEP 5

Take the WOO Name: Section: Date: Number: Problem 2: Two friends walk away from each other at a 90 degree angle. They both walk 12
feet away, then they stop. When they stop, how far apart are they?

STEP 1

DRAW A PICTURE

STEP 2 STEP 3

SUBSTITUTE THE KNOWN SIDES SIMPLIFY

STEP 4

ISOLATE THE VARIABLE SQUARE ROOT

STEP 5

Problem 3: A tree that is 8 feet tall casts a 6 foot shadow. A ladder is placed at the end of the
shadow to the top of the tree. What is the length of the ladder?

STEP 1

DRAW A PICTURE

STEP 2 STEP 3

SUBSTITUTE THE KNOWN SIDES SIMPLIFY

STEP 4

ISOLATE THE VARIABLE SQUARE ROOT

STEP 5

Part III: Your Turn

Take the WOO Name: Date: Section: Number:

Directions: Solve the following problems using the Pythagorean Theorem. Refer to the steps we just went over to help you solve them.
1. One leg of a right triangle is 10 inches. The other leg is 12 inches. What is the length of the hypotenuse?

2. One leg of a right triangle is 3.54 meters. The hypotenuse is 5 meters. What is the length of the other leg?

3. Firefighters have a 17-foot extension ladder. In order to reach 15 feet up a building, how far away from the building should the foot of the ladder be placed?

4. George rides his bike in one direction for 9 miles. Then takes a 90 degree turn and
bikes for 12 miles. How far is he from his starting point?

5. Donna's TV screen is 20 inches tall. If the diagonal measures 25 inches, what is the width
of Donna's TV?

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