Pythagorean
Triples
Tabitha
Floyd
MAT126: Survey of
Mathematical Methods
Instructor: Kerri Dopart
December 13
th
, 2010
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Pythagorean Triples
“ Pythagoras
(c. 580–500 B.C.) was an ancient Greek philosopher who was interested in numbers and their
meanings. He discovered the relationships between mathematics and music, proposing that
sounds and their relationships with other sounds can be measured using numbers. He also
proposed that the Earth is a sphere that the Earth, Moon, and stars revolve around the Sun and
that astronomy (the study of stars, planets, and heavenly bodies) could be written as
mathematical sentences called equations. Pythagoras and his followers used lines, triangles, and
squares made out of pebbles to represent numbers. Huffman, Carl,
(Winter
2009)
http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2009/entries/pythagoras/
).
Today Pythagoras is best remembered for the Pythagorean Theorem: The Square of the length of
the hypotenuse (the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle) of a right triangle equals the
sum of the squares of the lengths of the triangle's other two sides. The Pythagorean Theorem is
used any time we have a right triangle, we know the length of two sides, and we want to find the
third side.
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