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ERIC Number: EJ1142684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Physical Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem
Treeby, David
Physics Teacher, v55 n2 p92-93 Feb 2017
What proof of the Pythagorean theorem might appeal to a physics teacher? A proof that involved the notion of mass would surely be of interest. While various proofs of the Pythagorean theorem employ the circumcenter and incenter of a right-angled triangle, we are not aware of any proof that uses the triangle's center of mass. This note details one such proof. Though far from the most elegant approach, we believe it to be novel.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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