Say it with me P-y-th-ag-or-ean Theor-em! It can seem daunting and scary when you are asked to help with homework and then hear the dreaded words “Pythagorean Theorem.” It’s too late, you can’t run and you sure don’t want to openly admit you may not be sure what to do. So you do that parent thing, you know where you quickly, almost desperately skim the text for cues so you can start explaining what needs to be done. What in the heck do you do first? Well, let’s break it down into small chunks of information that you can use as a resource.
What is the Pythagorean Theorem anyways?
It states that the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
What is a hypotenuse?
The side opposite of the right angle.
What are the legs?
They are the two shorter sides of a right triangle.
Here is the formula and a practice problem we did.