Proving the Pythagorean Theorem in Two StepsDate: 1/29/96 at 22:30:25 From: John Vogler Subject: More math stuff Dear Dr. Math, I was trying to prove Pythagorean Theorem for a friend of mine, and eventually we figured it out. But then he said that he heard of a "proof in only six easy steps." Do you know anything of this? Thanks again, Johnny Vogler Date: 3/2/96 at 14:58:12 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: More math stuff Hi there! There are several proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. I've heard one of these described as a proof in two steps... You might want to test that claim yourself. The Geometry Forum's Problem of the Week describes the setup at http://mathforum.org/pow/solutio33.html Problem of the Week pages also include 2 other descriptions of the Pythogorean Theorem: Euclid's proof (using a right triangle with squares drawn on each of its sides, for a picture see http://mathforum.org/pow/solution15.html and President Garfield's proof (diagram at http://mathforum.org/pow/solutio29.html . -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum |
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