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# Understanding the Concept Behind the Pythagorean Theorem

The Pythagorean Theorem is a geometrical expression used often in math and physics It used to 2 2 2find the unknown side of a right triangle The exponential form of this theorem a b c That is the equation you use when you are looking for the unknown side of a right triangle and it is what Ill demonstrate on the attached exhibit The upside down capital L in the bottom of the left hand corner indicates that sides A B are the legs of the triangle Since we know side A 5 inches and B 3 inches we may fill that in to 2 2 2or equation for step one 1 5 3 c What the theorem will help us find is the c side of this triangle 2 25 9 c All we do is distribute 5 to the second power and 3 to the second power as seen is step two Next we add these two numbers together to get 34 25934 in step three 3 25934 Then in step four we find the square root of 34 4 34 In step five we see that 583 is the unknown side of the right triangle 5 c 583 We

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