# Blaise Pascal

### The creator of Pascal's triangle

## Pascal's Life:

While in school he started to study languages such as Greek and Latin, which were commonly spoken at the time. On his own time he taught himself geometry and learned to love numbers and math. His father saw this and let him continue with is fascination. In his early childhood (16 years of age) he created the "mystical hexagon" theory. It was Widely accepted and he published a book on conic sections. The written work also discussed how to transfer a three dimensional object onto a two dimensional field.

## inventions and accomplishments:

- He created an early calculator which had 8 movable dials, each with a numerical digit that contained ones tens and hundreds place values. It was used for basic functions such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
- fifty pro-types had been produced but it didn't sell well which led to the holt of the production less than a year later
- He validated Torricelli's theorem dealing with barometrical variations in atmospheric pressure
- He also invented a really old version of a wrist watch
- He also made a roulette machine
- He also discovered that there was a fixed outcome every time a individual rolls a dice, which was also applied to outcomes of worldly events

## Pascal's Era:

**During the Year 1654...**

- While Pascal's triangle was being developed the treaty of Westminster ended the Anglo-Dutch War which resulted in peace. A following commercial treaty was signed to create the Swedish-Anglo alliance.
- Otto Von Guericke was studying atmospheric pressure and a vacuum pump which removes gas from a sealed area.
- Richard Johnson was a free black male who was one of the first to own his land in Virginia (550 acres)
- Louis XIV was crowned king of France in June

## Growing up during the 1600's: The world events made currency more important than ever therefore, taxes were now collected and recorded. world currency was more widely accepted and possessing financial stability was more valued. Being surrounded by numbers and math encouraged his interest to learn about math and theorems used to solve everyday problems. | ## what's Pascal's traingle theorem? This is a picture of pascals triangle and is created by starting with a one and adding the two numbers in the line before to get the inner number. There will always be 1's surrounding the edges and as you start each line you begin with the number 1. | ## Example: Given (A+B)^4 use pascal's triangle to find the answer. (you would use the 4th line, with 1 being 0) Answer: 1A^4+4A^3B+6A^B^2+4AB^3+1B^4 |

## Growing up during the 1600's:

## what's Pascal's traingle theorem?

## Works Cited

"Blaise Pascal." *Bio*. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.biography.com/people/blaise-pascal-9434176#synopsis>

Lund Research. "Binomial Theorem and Pascal's Triangle." *Binomial Theorem*. Laerd Mathematics, 1 Feb. 2010. Web. 16 Dec. 2014.

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History Orb. "Historical Events for Year 1654 - HistoryOrb.com." *HistoryOrb.com*. History Orb, 2 July 2000. Web. 15 Dec. 2014. <http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1654>