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Pythagoras

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Pythagoras. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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Pythagoras Starters:

Bizarre Triangle: By how much would the area of this triangle increase if its base was enlarged to 8cm?

Red Lines: Either estimate the lengths of the red lines or, if you know how, calculate how long they are.

Square Thinkers: Can you find three square numbers where the third is the sum of the first two?

 

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Curriculum for Pythagoras:

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to apply angle facts, triangle congruence, similarity and properties of quadrilaterals to derive results about angles and sides, including Pythagoras’ Theorem, and use known results to obtain simple proofs more...

Pupils should be taught to use Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios in similar triangles to solve problems involving right-angled triangles more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to apply Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find angles and lengths in right-angled triangles {and, where possible, general triangles} in 2 {and 3} dimensional figures more...

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Notes:

Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. He is most famous for his theorem connecting the lengths of the sides of right angled triangles.

Pythagoras Activities:

Pythagoras: An online exercise to test your understanding of and ability to apply Pythagoras' Theorem.

Pythagoras Basics: A drill and practice self marking exercise on the basics of Pythagoras' theorem.

Where's Wallaby?: Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Pythagoras.

Pythagoras Videos:

A Mathematical Fable: It's not just the squares on the sides of right angles triangles that add up!

Pythagoras' Theorem: Pythagoras' Theorem water-proved (made in Switzerland)

Trigonometry and Pythagoras: A trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem revision song

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