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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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 evergrowing collection of ExamStyle 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 waterproved (made in Switzerland) Trigonometry and Pythagoras: A trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem revision song Pythagoras External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Pythagoras are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. Subscribing also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel. You can sign up using one of the buttons below: SearchThe activity you are looking for may have been classified in a different way from the way you were expecting. You can search the whole of Transum Maths by using the box below.
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