The Proof of the Century!

Print this page to help you complete the activities below:

1. Use your Web research and the information in the videotape, THEOREM OF PYTHAGORAS, to help you complete two more proofs of the Pythagorean theorem. Show your completed proofs below.

2. How many sets of Pythagorean triples are there in all?

3. Use the following URLs to help you answer the questions below.

University of Idaho

(http://www.cs.uidaho.edu/~casey931/mega-math/gloss/math/proof.html)

Ask Dr. Math--What is Math?

(http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/faq/faq.why.math.html)

Answer the following questions as completely as possible:

A. What is a mathematical proof?

B. Why is a proof necessary?

C. What kinds of mathematical proofs are there?