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These are the Transum resources related to the statement: "Pupils should be taught to use Pythagorasâ€™ Theorem and trigonometric ratios in similar triangles to solve problems involving right-angled triangles".

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- Pythagoras Basics A drill and practice self marking exercise on the basics of Pythagoras' theorem.
- Pythagoras An online exercise to test your understanding of and ability to apply Pythagoras' Theorem.
- Demonstrating Pythagoras' theorem Short clip from QI: Stephen Fry demonstrates Pythagoras' theorem.
- Make Them Right Arrange the measurements next to the sides of the triangles so that each diagram is correct according to Pythagoras' Theorem.
- Pythagoras' Theorem Video The square of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
- Which Side? Arrange the diagrams in groups depending on whether the arrow is pointing to the opposite, adjacent or hypotenuse.
- Trigonometry Video The basic trigonometric ratios are sine, cosine and tangent and are used to find the lengths of sides and the size of angles in right-angled triangles.
- Trigonometry Sine, cosine and tangent ratios are used to find sides and angles in right-angled triangles.
- If Then Trigonometry Finding the exact values of sine, cosine and tangent of angles if given a different trig ratio.

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*\(ABC\) is a right-angled triangle.*" ... more - "
*An isosceles triangle shaped frame is made from four pieces of metal. The frame has a height of 8 metres and a base of length 12 metres.*" ... more - "
*Work out the value of \(x\), the length in centimetres of one of the sides of this right-angled triangle.*" ... more - "
*ABC is a right-angled triangle as shown in the diagram below. Calculate the length of AB giving your answer correct to three significant figures.*" ... more - "
*An arborist sights the top of a tree using a clinometer and reads the angle of elevation to be 29*" ... more^{o}. Her clinometer is 28 metres from the base of the tree and is on a tripod making it 1.5 metres above ground level. - "
*The diagram shows a right-angled triangle and a semicircle. The straight side of the semicircle is the same length as the longest side of the triangle.*" ... more - "
*The diagram shows a trapezium where the sides AC and BD are parallel.*" ... more - "
*Four copies of a green right-angled triangle are used to enclose a yellow square.*" ... more - "
*A triangular prism is made using two right-angled triangles and three rectangular pieces of cardboard. Five of the vertices have been labeled \(A, B, C, D \text{ and } E\) as shown in the photograph below.*" ... more - "
*The diagram shows a rectangular-based pyramid, TABCD (not drawn to scale).*" ... more

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- Pythagoras 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. His theorem states that the squares of the lengths of the two shorter sides of any right-angled triangle will add up to the square of the length of the longest side (the hypotenuse). This theorem can be used to calculate the length of any side of a right-angled triangle if the lengths of the other two sides are known.
- Trigonometry Trigonometry is a branch of mathematics that studies triangles and the relationships between their sides and the angles between these sides. Pupils begin by learning the names on the sides of a right-angled triangle relative to the angles. They then learn the ratios of the lengths of these sides and the connection these ratios have with the size of the angles. Having mastered right-angled triangle trigonometry pupils then progress to more advanced uses including the sine rule and cosine rules. The use of a scientific or graphing calculator is essential for this topic and correct, efficient use of the calculator is an important skill to develop. Here's a Trigonometry Wordsearch just for fun.

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