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Constructing Pythagoras [Teacher Edition]


January 2014

What do President James Garfield and Pythagoras have in common? They were both lovers of mathematics, and in 1876, James Garfield constructed an original proof of the Pythagorean theorem. “Constructing Pythagoras,” a hands-on investigation, challenges your students to derive the Pythagorean theorem (a2 + b2 = c2 ) using the same proof as the USA’s twentieth president, James Garfield.

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Constructing Pythagoras [Student Edition]

Algebraic Thinking / Pre-Algebra Concepts
Conceptual Development
History of Mathematics
Pythagorean Theorem