Wheel Of Pythagoras Project

By: Van Schroeder

Who was Pythagoras?

Pythagoras was a Greekphilosopher, mathematician. He is also known for being the founder of the religion, Pythagoreanism. Pythagoras was born on the island Samos in 571 BC.

What is the Pythagorean Theorem?

The Pythagorean Theorem is Pythagoras's theorem that when you have a right triangle, and you have squares on all three sides of the triangle, both of the smaller squares will equal the big square, which is located on the hypotenuse.

Where was Pythagoras from?

Pythagoras was born on the island Samos. He then moved to Croton in Magna Graecia (southern Italy). This is where he started his religion. We don't know where he went from their, but we think that he died in Metapontum (Sweden).

When did all this happen?

Pythagoras was born around 571 BC, on the island of Samos. Around 530 BC. was when he set up his religious act of Pythagoreanism. In between then and 495 BC. he may have found the famous Pythagoras Theorem. He may have founded the Pythagorean Theorem, but it also could have been others that he worked with. However, we give Pythagoras credit.

How can I use the Pythagorean Theorem in my Life?

There are many jobs that use the Pythagorean Theorem. One example is an architect. They have to use the Pythagorean theorem when trying to find corners of a building, etc. However, that's usually when they don't have a tool to help them. Another example is fire fighters. They may use the Pythagorean Theorem to make sure a ladder is safe, when trying to get to a third floor window of an apartment building. Thirdly, electronic maker companies can use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the size of screens, like on a TV, or an iphone. Another job that uses the Pythagorean Theorem is artists. They can use the Pythagorean Theorem when trying to make triangles, in art. If they are doing a tessellation, or drawing a triangle, they may use them, to get perfect triangles. Lastly, farmers may use the Pythagorean Theorem when planting crops, and making sure that all of the plants are growing in the correct places, so they can maximize their fields, and get more crops/money.

Right Triangle

A right triangle is a triangle that has a right angle. This angle is a 90 degree that will create two sides, and one really long side on the triangle.

Square Root.

A square root is the result, when a number can be multiplied by it's self to create a bigger number.


Find the square root of the number 16.


The square root is 4.

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Made sure I had all of my materials before I started!

Pythagoras wheels project
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^This is how some of your triangles should look!^

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Measuring sides of my triangles to find the hypotenuse!

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Finding the Hypotenuse on 5 of my triangles!

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All done with my Pythagoras Wheel!

With this project, I learned about the Pythagoras Theorem, square root, right triangles, calculating a hypotenuse, and Broadway Shows! Who knew math could be so fun!


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