Proof of Pythagoras' Theorem

An applet that demonstrates a proof of the Pythagorean theorem was kindly sent to me by David King. The proof is similar to #12 in that it relies on a shearing transformation, yet I think it's sufficiently different to warrant its own place in the list of proofs. The text below is David's.

This simulation shows a simple graphical proof. It occurred to me while I was trying to get to sleep, and for a mad moment I thought it might be original. That was of course too much to hope for; it is just a variation on a well known theme. It's still quite therapeutic to watch though...

Click on the simulation to start or stop it.


This applet requires Sun's Java VM 2 which your browser may perceive as a popup. Which it is not. If you want to see the applet work, visit Sun's website at https://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp, download and install Java VM and enjoy the applet.


How it proves Pythagoras:

The red square on the hypoteneuse is just covered by the green and blue squares built on the other two sides, once they have been rotated and sheared into position.

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