Everyday Pythagorean Theorem You may think that the Pythagorean Theorem is impossible to understand and is useless in everyday life. However, there are many real life situations in which the Pythagorean Theorem can be used in daily life. For example, the measures of the angles of the bases on a baseball field are 90 degrees. This means that the baseball field is a right triangle. How would you find out how far the second baseman has to throw the ball in order to get the runner out before he slides into the home plate? This problem can be solved using the Pythagorean Theorem. By doing the problem 902 + 902 = c2, you can find the distance that the second baseman would have to throw the ball. Another example of the Pythagorean Theorem in real life is a ramp. Say that you knew that the ramp had a height of 4 ft and from the edge of the ramp to the ground was 6ft. How would you find the length of the ramp? Well you can simply do the problem 42 + 62 = c2.

Everyday Pythagorean Theorem

Published on Feb 18, 2011

The use of the Pythagorean Theorem in everyday life.

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