# Practical Application of the Pythagorean Theorem: Building a Slide Park

By Susan LoFranco on Apr 24, 2017

• Student will be able to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to everyday situations.
• Prior knowledge calculating area and circumference

## Materials

• Colored Markers, Dots, Tape to connect dots, (for drawing triangles)
• Straight edge ruler (large print or braille)
• Graph Paper (bold or raise lined)

## Procedure

• Vocabulary: Hypotenuse, Right Triangle, Triangle Legs, Pythagorean Theorem
• Review with the student The Pythagorean Theorem:  Given a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares of the two sides or a2 + b2 = c2
• Brainstorm with the student practical uses of the Pythagorean Theorem.
• The student should record his or her responses using the media of choice.
• If the student has difficulty coming up with ideas for practical uses of the Pythagorean Theorem watch the following video together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9iKERLonc   BuildingSlidepark.pdf
Attached File(s): BuildingSlidepark.pdf