Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Ladders

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Young mathematicians to the rescue! Pupils use an interactive to find lengths relating a ladder against a building. The problems involve determining how long a ladder must be to reach a given floor to what floor can a given ladder reach.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals denote whether they are trying to find a leg or the hypotenuse
  • Create pairs to work on the problems together and discuss strategies
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should understand the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Teachers must create a free account to access
Pros

  • Shows the correct answer if incorrect answers are chosen
  • Provides hints to how to solve the problem
Cons

  • One question is inconsistent with units, using feet in the question and meters in the answer choices
  • The Learn More Information does not go well with the interactive
Common Core