Pythagoras' Theorem ExerciseA self marking exercise on the application of Pythagoras' Theorem. 
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Level 0  A 'whole number only' introductory set of questions
Level 1  Finding the hypotenuse
Level 2  Finding a shorter side
Level 3  Mixed questions
Level 4  Pythagoras coordinates
Level 5  Mixed exercise
Level 6  More than one triangle
Level 7  Harder exercise
Pythagorean Probe  Levels 4 to 6 are quite a challenge.
Exam Style questions requiring an application of Pythagoras' Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find angles and lengths in rightangled triangles.
Three Dimensions  Three dimensional Pythagoras and trigonometry questions
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The area of the square on the hypotenuse of a right angled triangle is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares on the two shorter sides.
You may have learned the theorem using letters to stand for the lengths of the sides. The corners (vertices) of the rightangled triangle is labelled with capital (upper case) letters. The lengths of the sides opposite them are labelled with the corresponding small (lower case) letters.
Alternatively the sides of the rightangled triangle may me named using the capital letters of the two points they span.
As triangle can be labelled in many different ways it is probably best to remember the theorem by momorising the first diagram above.
To find the longest side (hypotenuse) of a rightangled triangle you square the two shorter sides, add together the results and then find the square root of this total.
To find a shorter side of a rightangled triangle you subtract the square of the other shorter side from the square of the hypotenuse and then find the square root of the answer.
AB^{2} = AC^{2}  BC^{2}
AB^{2} = 4.7^{2}  4.1^{2}
AB^{2} = 22.09  16.81
AB^{2} = 5.28
AB = √5.28
AB = 2.3m (to one decimal place)
The diagrams aren't always the same way round. They could be rotated by any angle.
The rightangled triangles could be long and thin or short and not so thin.
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Gertrudis Jobs,
Thursday, October 27, 2022
"Level 6  Question 9. I am standing in a rectangular hall, and my distances from three of the corners are 6 m, 9 m and 10 m. How far am I from the fourth corner? Give your answer correct to 3 significant figures.
wrong answer, answer is 12.0 (3 s.f).
[Transum: Thanks for your comment Gertrudis. Your answer is indeed correct if the order of measurements was different. You have made me realise that this question has three possible answers depending on the order of the measurements and which corner they refer to. This does make it a very interesting question. For the purposes of this exercise I have now added a diagram so the question only has one answer.]"