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Why Math? pp 33-43 | Cite as

The Pythagorean Theorem and Square Roots

  • R. D. Driver
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Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

By about 2000 b.c. the Egyptians knew (or believed) that if a right triangle had legs of lengths 3 and 4 units, then the hypotenuse—the side opposite the right angle—had a length of 5 units.

Keywords

Rational Number Successive Approximation Irrational Number Pythagorean Theorem Positive Rational Number 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Driver
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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