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Jodi
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Aug-11-03, 11:48 PM (EST)
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"Pythagoras theory"
 
   Hi there I just dropped by to ask if you can tell me please:

Can you use Pythagoras theory to create a triangle with a perfect right angle?

ie I want to measure ab at say, 2 metres, then bc at say 3 metres, then for instance find the distance ac to create a perfect right angle.

You help's much appreciated

Jodi


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Pythagoras theory Jodi Aug-12-03 1
  RE: Pythagoras theory Vladimir Aug-12-03 2
  RE: Pythagoras theory Graham C Aug-19-03 3
     RE: Pythagoras theory Graham C Jan-22-04 5
         RE: Pythagoras theory alexbadmin Jan-22-04 6
  RE: Pythagoras theory NIH Jan-21-04 4
     RE%3A Pythagoras theory erika Feb-11-07 7
         RE: RE%3A Pythagoras theory alexbadmin Feb-11-07 8

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Jodi
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Aug-12-03, 09:11 AM (EST)
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1. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   Hi guys,

You helped me to work it out without even answering me!

it's 3metres2 x 4metres2 = 5metres2

Thanks!

Jodi


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Vladimir
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Aug-12-03, 09:11 AM (EST)
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2. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   For practical applications, AB = 2m and BC = 3m would be inconvenient, for CA = ÷(4 + 9) = ÷13m. But you can easily generate plenty of integer Pythagorean triples such that a2 + b2 = c2. Certain Pythagorean triples were used in ancient times in construction work long before Pythagoras discovered his theorem. For example, the ancient Egyptians knew the Pythagorean triple (3, 4, 5) and the ancient Indians (from India) the Pythagorean triple (5, 12, 13). I imagine that they made a circular rope with 3 + 4 + 5 = 12 resp. or 5 + 12 + 13 = 30 equidistant marks labeled 1, 2, ..., 12 resp. 30 and then they stretched the rope at the marks 3, 7, and 12 resp. 5, 17, and 30.


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Graham C
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Aug-19-03, 11:24 PM (EST)
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3. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   This reminds me of an old problem (I'm thinking 40 years ago) which some people may not be familiar with.

You have an inexhaustible supply of matches, which can be linked together at their ends, but not rigidly - i.e. they can wiggle around.

Your task is to construct a rigid right-angle that cannot be deformed (other than by breaking the matches).

What is the minimum number of matches you need?


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Graham C
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Jan-22-04, 07:45 AM (EST)
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5. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   Has this problem really been buried for six months?

Should I post an answer?


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alexbadmin
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Jan-22-04, 07:48 AM (EST)
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6. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   Please do. Thank you.


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NIH
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Jan-21-04, 09:02 AM (EST)
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4. "RE: Pythagoras theory"
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   Strictly speaking, you can't use Pythagoras' Theorem to do this. What you need is the converse of Pythagoras' Theorem, which states that, in a triangle with sides a, b, c such that a^2 + b^2 = c^2, the angle opposite c (the hypotenuse) is a right angle.

Nick


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erika
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Feb-11-07, 07:22 PM (EST)
 
7. "RE%3A Pythagoras theory"
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   can u tell me what is pythagoras theory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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alexbadmin
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8. "RE: RE%3A Pythagoras theory"
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   Check

https://www.cut-the-knot.org/pythagoras/ or
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=pythagoras+theory


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