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09/21/2015

Understanding the Pythagorean Theorem

Several years ago, while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the great Shaquille O'Neal was asked by a reporter about why the Lakers' offense was so great. He responded that the team's offense could be compared to the Pythagorean Theorem--because "there is no answer!" While Mr. O'Neal undoubtedly has a lot of talents, a basic understanding of geometry is unfortunately not one of them. Don't let your student fall into the same trap.

Math Help in Hoover

The Pythagorean Theorem, named for the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, is one of the world's most well known and oft utilized mathematical formulas. Pythagoras dedicated himself to studying right triangles (a triangle in which one of the angles measures exactly 90 degrees), and in the process made the following discovery. In all right triangles, the sum of the squares of the lengths of each of the triangle's legs is the same as the square of the length of the triangle's hypotenuse. Or, more simply, . So, while the Los Angeles Lakers' offense may not have had an answer, the Pythagorean Theorem most certainly does.

What are Some Uses of the Pythagorean Theorem?

The Pythagorean Theorem is used extensively in real world applications. Architects use it all the time to properly construct ramps, bridges, and buildings. It's even used in the digital world, to determine the value of a social network, and in computer science to determine processing times, just to name a few examples.

Tutoring in Hoover

If your student could use some math help, and would like to better understand concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem, here at the Tutoring Center we would like to lend a hand. Actually, our professional educators can help your student with any school subject. We offer customized one-to-one instruction to all our students, which allows us to achieve great results. We even offer a Free Diagnostic Assessment to get things started, so call us today at (205) 987-9577 to get set up.

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