Pythagorean Theorem Photo Essay

By: Bri Newton

How I made the wheel...

First we spent two days researching everything we could find about the Pythagorean Theorem and we took as many notes as possible. Then we spent about a week and a half learning to find the hypotenuse in a right triangle. Then before we started this project we took a test on that had a bunch of different triangles and he had to find what c was and we also had to write why this method works. Once we finished the test we needed to begin the final project.


First I needed to use a ruler to measure where the middle dot was going to be. Then I measured 10 inches to the right and 10 inches up. Then I kept going in a circle until I finished 17 triangles of all different sizes. Next figured out what design I wanted to put on the triangles and started to plan that design. Then I did the equation to find the hypotenuse for the first five inner triangles. Later I traced the pictures of the the softball logos and cut them out. Also I colored each of the triangles the team color of that team. Then I glued the logos on to the triangle with the colors of that team. Finally, I completely this photo essay.

Why is the Pythagorean Theorem so important?

The reason the Pythagorean Theorem is so important is because it has many uses that we all benefit from. It can be as little as placing wood to as big as building a house. Do you want your house to be lopsided? No, by using this method it makes building anything a little faster and a lot easier.

Who uses the Pythagorean Theorem in their daily life?

  • Jobs in Management
  • Agriculturists
  • Surveyors
  • Cartographers
  • Construction Managers
  • Farmers
  • Gardeners
  • Environmentalists
  • Production Workers

How do they use the Pythagorean Theorem?

Computer and information systems managers, construction managers, and engineering and natural sciences managers all need this age old formula in the day to day business of their respective fields. These kinds of people use the Pythagorean Theorem to create actuate measurements of placement and spacing. In their day to day life. Some people need to use this to place things like equipment, wood, plants, houses and other buildings, furniture, windows and so much more.

All about who discovered the Pythagorean Theorem

It was created by a man named Pythagoras. He was a Greek mathematician. He was born on the island of samosa in Greece and he traveled to Egypt to start learning mathematics. It was first one of the first theorems known to civilization. He discovered the Pythagorean Theorem in 569 BC. He died in 495 BC. But this number cannot be expressed as a length that can be measured with a ruler divided into fractional parts, and that deeply disturbed the Pythagorean's, who believed that "All if number." The Pythagorean's were so shocked by these numbers, they put to death a member who dared to mention their existence to the public.

Why does this work?

The Pythagorean Theorem works because areas off side a and b are equal to the square off side c. Then you have to find the square root of c to find the side length of the hypotenuse.

What is a square root?

A square root is a two numbers that are the same that are multiplied to get one number.


Examples: 7 x 7 = 49

8 x 8 = 64


The square root of 49 is 7 and the square root of 64 is 8.

What is the Pythagorean Theorem?

One of the angles of a right triangle is always equal to 90 degrees. This angle is the right angle. The two sides next to the right angle are called the legs and the other side is called the hypotenuse. The square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. The hypotenuse is always the longest side. The hypotenuse it the c in the equation.

When does it work?

The Pythagorean Theorem only works when you are trying to find the hypotenuse of a right triangle or a 90 degree triangle.