The Pythagorean Theorem states that the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the square of the other two legs in a right triangle. Whenever you have a right triangle and know the length of two sides the Pythagorean Theorem can be used to find the third side of the triangle.As a result, one can find the missing side lengths of right triangles. When you combine algebra, geometry, and this theorem you can calculate heights, distances, length, and many other measurements. For example, one can calculate the height of a ladder using the Pythagorean Theorem. These word problems based on the Pythagorean Theorem are suitable for 7th,8th, 9th grade, and are basic in nature. Each word problems has a short video that provides the answer, and directions for solving each example problem. Each of these problems can be solved using these four steps.
1. Read the word problem and draw a picture.
2. Plug the given information into the Pythagorean Theorem