Just how big of a TV do you need?! The task at hand asks individuals to compare the area of 80-inch and 55-inch TVs. The length of the TV is given and learners must use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the width to calculate the areas.
And he's ... safe? ... out? It's up to your scholars to decide! Provided with the speed of the runner and ball, learners develop a plan to determine which reaches the base first, the ball or the runner. While the distance from home to...
Time doesn't fly when you're watching a snail cross a sidewalk. Combining the concepts of the Pythagorean Theorem and the distance, rate, and time formula, learners determine how long it takes a snail to go from one corner of a sidewalk...
Sometimes you just need a taco. Young mathematicians investigate two different paths on a beach to get to a taco cart. Completion of the task requires finding distances using the Pythagorean Theorem and considering the different walking...
Stay in Shape
Using their knowledge of right triangles, pupils find out how far a ship is from a light house. Class members determine how far around the world a ship would be sailing at a constant speed.
Build a Cable-Stayed Bridge
Large or small, bridges are architectural wonders! Construct a large-scale cable-stayed bridge during a whole class project. Scholars work in groups to erect the towers, build the roadway, and secure the cables of their very own bridges....
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Squaring the Triangle
Teach budding mathematicians how to square a triangle with an interactive that shows a graphical proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. Pupils alter the lengths of the legs using sliders. Using the inputted lengths, the applet displays the...
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Make sure the measurement is right. The interactive provides right triangles with a missing side measurement. Pupils use the given sides and the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate the length of the missing side. After entering the length,...
Related Rates of Car Speeds
Speed up your pupils' understanding of derivatives. Two cars travel in perpendicular distances to each other. With the aid of the interactive, learners visualize the situation. Pupils use the derivative to calculate the instantaneous...
Distance Between Two Points: Segment Addition
Examine the segment addition postulate through an online simulation activity. An interactive lesson allows scholars to manipulate points and watch as the lengths of segments change. Through their study, they are able to apply the Segment...
Vectors as Directed Line Segments: Directed Line Segment
Direct your class' attention to directed line segments. The interactive resource allows pupils to create segments with specific endpoints. Scholars plot the initial and terminal points to determine the direction and magnitude of the...
Square Roots and Irrational Numbers: Estimating Radicals
Try out a resource using triangles to estimate radicals. An interactive app allows learners to approximate some irrational numbers involving square roots. They find the two consecutive numbers that an irrational number lies between by...
Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Distance Between Friends
Pupils use an interactive to help visualize the right triangles needed to calculate distances between friends' houses. Individuals solve five problems on how to determine distances and comparing the distances.
Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Neighborhood Map
Find the distance between various locations in a neighborhood. Scholars use the interactive to find distances between locations on a map. The map is overlaid onto a grid to provide coordinates for each location, and pupils apply...
Solving Equations Using the Pythagorean Theorem: Cryptography
Don't keep this resource a secret. Individuals learn to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find Pythagorean triples. They also see how Pythagorean triples can be useful in the field of cryptography to encrypt secret messages.
Pythagorean Theorem and Its Converse
To be a right triangle, or not to be — that is the question. Scholars drag line segments in an Internet application to see if they form right triangles. Once they get the results of the activity, they connect them to the converse of the...
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Connecting Algebra and Geometry
Connect algebra and geometry on the coordinate plane. The eighth unit in a nine-part integrated course has pupils develop the distance formula from the Pythagorean Theorem. Scholars prove geometric theorems using coordinates including...
Relationships of Sides in 30-60-90 Right Triangles: Truck on a Mountain Road
Determine the change in elevation on a mountain road. Individuals use the interactive to simulate a truck driving up a mountain road with a 30-degree incline. They determine missing sides of a 30-60 right triangle to find horizontal and...
Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Tree Shadows
Why is that shadow getting longer? Determine the changes in the length of a shadow as the sun changes position in the sky. Individuals use an interactive to calculate the length of a shadow at different times during the day via the...
Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Ladders
Young mathematicians to the rescue! Pupils use an interactive to find lengths relating a ladder against a building. The problems involve determining how long a ladder must be to reach a given floor to what floor can a given ladder reach.
Pythagorean Theorem to Classify Triangles: Missing Angles
Learn to use the Pythagorean Theorem with non-right triangles. Pupils use the interactive to discover the relationship between the lengths of sides for acute and obtuse triangles. They compare the squares of the sides of the triangles to...
Identifying Sets of Pythagorean Triples: The iPad is a Pythagorean Triple
Compare iPad and HDTV aspect ratios. Individuals use the interactive to determine whether the measurements of screens represent a Pythagorean triple. The pupils determine what changes are needed to make a Pythagorean triple.
Lengths of Triangle Sides Using the Pythagorean Theorem: Find the Missing Side
What is the relationship between the sides of a right triangle? Learners use an interactive to create models of right triangles and view the relationship between the lengths of the sides. They finish by using the Pythagorean Theorem to...
Identifying Sets of Pythagorean Triples: Matching Problem
What sets of whole numbers make up the measures of side lengths in right triangles? Pupils use an interactive triangle to learn about Pythagorean triples. Individuals find missing values in triples and learn more about Pythagorean...