Maths KS3 / GCSE: Pythagoras

The short clip demonstrates the theory of Pythagoras by showing how to calculate the Hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle and by using numbers it proves that the triangle is right angled.

The clip progresses to show the practical applications of Pythagoras by calculating the height at which a ladder against a wall reaches, and solving the problem of what size TV will fit in a particular space.

This is from the series: Real Life Maths.

Teacher Notes

Teachers can use the video clip to demonstrate how to apply Pythagoras and help pupils solve potential exam questions.

The learners could be arranged in a carousel arrangement; where they tackle exam questions with different skills such as calculating the shorter side, and proving that a triangle is right angled.

Using the video clip as support, Pythagoras lends to a variety of practical solutions.

So we could place learners in groups of 3 and take pictures around the school; where they would have to solve problems using Pythagoras.

The learners could feedback in a presentation format to the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Maths at KS3/GCSE in England Wales and Northern Ireland. Also at National 4, 5 and Higher in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA in Scotland.

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