In the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy (Judy Garland) meets up with the Lion, the Tin man, and the Scarecrow. Each wants a gift from the great Wizard of Oz. The Scarecrow wants a brain. When he finally gets one, he pronounces .... "The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side."
What??? What the scarecrow meant was the statement of the famous Pythagorean Theorem:
"The sum of the squares of the legs of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse".
There are more than 300 different proofs!!
We can generalize to three dimensions for a parallelopiped
Here are some applications of the Pythagorean theorem. Can you see how to
Suppose and are integers such that Give an argument that if one of the integers is odd, then exactly one of the other integers is odd.
Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the area of an equilateral triangle of side length . (Hint. Divide the equilateral triangle into two equal right triangles. You know one leg and the hypotenuse.)
Make exactly two cuts of the (left) figure below to form the three pieces that
can be rearranged into a perfect
Let the area of a hexagon inscribed in a circle, and be the circumscribed hexagon. If represents the area of the inscribed 12-gon (i.e. twelve equal sides), show that Note, this formula was used by Archimedes in about 250BC to make his famous estimation of You recall [See picture above.]
The golden section is shown
Show that if , then The golden section is used to construct the regular pentagon.
Cut the figure below with ONE straight cut that passes though the point
so that the figure is cut into exactly two parts of equal
You have a
strip of paper. Show how to cut this strip, making only straight line cuts,
and then arrange the paper into a cube, with no overlays and no gaps.