Pythagorean Theorem Photo Essay

By: Kayla German

Who/What/Where/When About Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem

It was known to be one of the earliest theorems known to Ancient civilizations. The famous theorem is named for the Greek mathematical and philosopher, Pythagoras. He found this theorem in the school of mathematics, in Corina. A Greek seaport in southern Italy. The short equation for this theorem is A² + B² = C². It is a relation of geometry, among the three sides of a right triangle. The hypotenuse (The side opposite of the right angle) is equal to the other 2 sides, sums. A² + B² = C². The C represents the length of the hypotenuse and A and B the lengths of the triangles two other sides. The Pythagorean theorem is used any time there is a right triangle. We know the 2 sides just need the third side. So square the two other sides, add them up, and then use the square root, to find the length of the hypotenuse side. Pythagoras proved that the Pythagorean theorem was real and it worked. He was the original formulator, and was proved by him too. Sides A and B are the shot and long leg of this theorem, which makes up the angle. This was discovered by Pythagoras in 500 BC - 569 BC. Integers that satisfy the conditions A² + B² = C² are called Pythagorean triples.

Description of Right Triangle

In any right triangle the hypotenuse is opposite of the right angle sign. And is equal to the other 2 legs, that make up the right angles sides. Sides A and B make up the length of the hypotenuse of side 3. Which then had formed the equation A² + B² = C². You know that you are dealing with a right triangle, which the short and long leg, make a 90 degree angle, as to when you can put a little square in, which would tell you that it is a right triangle.

Description of Shot leg and Long leg

The short leg and long leg, are what makes the right triangle. The short leg, multiplied by itself would give you the "B". The long leg (The taller one of the two) multiplied by itself gives you your length of side "A". Then add the answers of both A and B together, then square root it. Which then would give you the hypotenuse or length for letter "C" which is the hypotenuse. So the short, and the long leg, are what makes up the right angle, or the angle of the triangle.

Description of Square Root

Square root is a number that can be multiplied by itself for the square root. For example 49. The square root of 49 would be 7, because if you multiplied 7x7, you would get 49. Which is multiplying a number by itself, to get the given amount So to get 49, it would be 7x7.

Steps to Making the Wheel of Pythagoras

Day 1: Got the materials, and started to draw the wheel

Day 2: Came up with a design, and started to draw

Day 3: Finished drawing my design

Day 4: Colored my design / Did the math of the first 5 triangles

Day 5: Did about half of my photo essay

Day 6: Did the other half of my photo essay

Day 7: Proof read my essay

Day 8: Turned it in

Days 1-8: Taking pictures daily

A real world job that would use the Pythagorean Theorem

A real world job that would use the Pythagorean theorem would be a math physicist. Most people think that triangles only relate to geometry. But that is so not the case. In math, we use the formula A² + B² = C² for when we want to square things. Squaring numbers has a ton to do with math. Math physicist use triangles, for the Pythagorean theorem. The Pythagorean theorem can be used in interior design, and in many other jobs. Using numbers, triangles, and squaring numbers to make math easier to do. The Pythagorean theorem is used in pretty much every job there is.

Jobs that Use the Pythagorean Theorem


  1. Computer and information system managers

  2. Construction managers

  3. Engineering and natural science managers

  4. Farmers, Ranchers, and agricultural managers

  5. Funeral directors

  6. Industrial production managers

  7. Property, real estate, and community association managers

  8. Medical and health service managers

  9. Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents


11. Insurance underwriters

  1. Carpenters

  2. Construction and building inspectors

  3. Electricians

  4. Glaziers

  5. Machinists


  1. Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

  2. Electrical and electronics installers and repairs

  3. Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers


  1. Millwrights

  2. Agricultural workers


  1. Statisticians

  2. Architects, landscape naval

  3. Landscape Architects

  4. Surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying technicians

  5. Aerospace engineers

  6. Chemical engineers

  7. Civil engineers

  8. Computer hardware engineers

  9. Electrical engineers

  10. Environmental engineers

  11. Industrial engineers

  12. Material engineers

  13. Mechanical engineers

  14. Nuclear engineers

  15. Petroleum engineers

  16. Drafters

  17. Biological scientists

  18. Conservation scientists and foresters

  19. Atmospheric scientists

  20. Chemists and material scientists

  21. Environmental scientist and hydrologists

  22. Economists

  23. Lawyers

  24. Teachers - adult literacy and remedial self enrichment

  25. Teachers - preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary

  26. Teachers - Special Ed

  27. Writers and editors

  28. Optometrists

  29. Physicians and surgeons

  30. Registered nurses

  31. Veterinarians

  32. Opticians

  33. Veterinary technologists and technicians