Students will love puzzling out hiking destinations with this Pythagorean theorem investigation!
This lesson includes a simple, visual proof of the Pythagorean Theorem followed by an activity where students use locations to determine distance and midpoint between two points. A summary at the end of class will bring home the main ideas:
The coordinates of two points can be used to find the distance directly between them (both graphically and with the distance formula).
The coordinates of two points can be used to find their midpoint (both graphically and with the midpoint formula).
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