The way how the Pythagorean theorem works is with this equation: a^2+b^2=C^2. The a and the b side are the shorter sides. While the c side is the longest side and accross the 90 degree angle. This is called the Hypotenuse. In this right triangle the a value is 6 and the b value is 8. Square the 6 and the 8, then add them up. After that come back to me.
Tommy is in Algebra 1. He is confused on the Pythagorean Theorem. So, he decides to ask his Mom who is a professor at the University of Maryland.
His Mom starts to draw out a right triangle on her iPad.
Then the Mom then starts to explain the Pythagorean Theorem.