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Pythagorean Theorem : Real Life Application

Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician whose contributions in mathematics field is immense. He was also a great politician and philosopher. His political views are mentioned in the book Magna Graecia.
There is one theorem named as Pythagoras Theorem that holds a great importance in our book.

Here, The theorem states that “In a right angled triangle, the square of the two sides connected to the right angle is equal to the square of the third side called hypotenuse.

“ (Base)² +(Height) ² = (Hypotenuse)²

Here base = b
Height = a
And Hypotenuse = c

Real Life Application of the Pythagoras Theorem

Some real life applications to introduce the concept of Pythagoras’s theorem to your middle school students are given below: 

  • The Pythagorean Theorem is useful for two-dimensional navigation. You can use it and two lengths to find the shortest distance. … The distances north and west will be the two legs of the triangle, and the shortest line connecting them will be the diagonal. The same principles can be used for air navigation.
  • Painting on a Wall: Painters use ladders to paint on high buildings and often use the help of Pythagoras’ theorem to complete their work. The painter needs to determine how tall a ladder needs to be in order to safely place the base away from the wall so it won’t tip over.
  • What Size TV Should You Buy : Tv size is always given in terms of diagonal. Suppose a tv size is given 32 inch, then it’s size is actually the value of the diagonal or hypotenuse.
  • Finding the Right Sized Computer: Monitor size is always is given as measure of diagonal.
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Rakesh Das has total work experience of 4 years in the corporate world. He is working with STEM Learning from last 1.8 year as a Program Implementation Associate. He is training teachers in different schools.


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