Ladders up Walls
One night a young Pythagoras wanted to get up to the window of his sweetheart.
He had a 5m long ladder, and placed the foot of the ladder 3m from the wall.
How high up the wall could he get?
Use the activity to check your answer.
His sweethearts window was 4.5m high.
How far does Pythagoras need to put the foot of the ladder away from the wall in order to say goodnight?
Check with the activity.
He had a 5m long ladder, and placed the foot of the ladder 3m from the wall.
How high up the wall could he get?
Use the activity to check your answer.
His sweethearts window was 4.5m high.
How far does Pythagoras need to put the foot of the ladder away from the wall in order to say goodnight?
Check with the activity.
Ideas for Teachers
This problem is best posed to the students from the front of the class on the board. Get the students to work out both parts using Pythagoras Theorem, then check using the activity on the board.
This problem is best posed to the students from the front of the class on the board. Get the students to work out both parts using Pythagoras Theorem, then check using the activity on the board.
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