What Are Some Real Life Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem?
The Pythagorean Theorem can be used in any real life scenario that involves a right triangle having two sides with known lengths. In a scenario where a certain section of a wall needs to be painted, the Pythagorean Theorem can be used to calculate the length of the ladder needed if the height of the wall and the distance of the base of the ladder from the wall are known.
The Pythagorean Theorem can be usefully applied because the relationship between the lengths of the sides in any right triangle is consistent. For example, in a baseball field, if the distance between each base is known, then the shortest distance to throw the ball from first base to third base can be calculated using the Pythagorean Theorem. When purchasing a television, the size advertised refers to the length of the diagonal of the television. If an old TV was being sold, the lengths of two of its sides can be used to calculate the length of the diagonal and thereby determine the size of the TV. Computer monitor sizes are determined the same way. Suitcase sizes are given in terms of the diagonal and the height, using which the length of the suitcase can be calculated using the Pythagorean Theorem.