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Proving the Pythagorean Theorem with Geogebra

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The Pythagorean theorem is one of the most important concepts in all of mathematics. This activity uses Geogebra to help students see why the relationship between the sides of a right triangle are as they are. 

11/13/2014 Trey Cox
8.G.B.6 8.G.B.7 MP.1 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 8 Activity

Pythagorean Theorem Investigation: It's As Easy As… a, b, c

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Oftentimes, the Pythagorean Theorem is taught from the standpoint of, "Here is the formula, let's practice finding the lengths of the sides of triangles!" without helping students understand or develop the relationships between the sides on their own. This activity helps students experience those relationships using multiple approaches, prove why the theorem is true, and practice using it. 

10/19/2014 Trey Cox
8.G.B.6 8.G.B.7 8.G.B.8 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.7 8 Activity