# Pythagoras’ Theorem

Scheme of work: GCSE Foundation: Year 10: Term 5: Pythagoras Theorem

#### Prerequisite Knowledge

• derive and apply the properties and definitions of special types of quadrilaterals, including square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezium, kite and rhombus; and triangles and other plane figures using appropriate language
• calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes, including composite shapes;
• use the standard conventions for labelling and referring to the sides and angles of triangles; draw diagrams from written description

#### Success Criteria

• Know the formulae for Pythagoras theorem, a2 + b2 = c2
• apply angle facts, triangle congruence, similarity and properties of quadrilaterals to conjecture and derive results about angles and sides, including Pythagoras Theorem and the fact that the
• base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal, and use known results to obtain simple proofs

#### Key Concepts

• Pythagorasâ€™ Theorem identifies how the areas of shapes on each edge connect the three sides of a right-angled triangle. To fully engage with this concept, students could construct the theorem using a 3,4,5 triangle to measure the hypotenuse and calculate the area of each square. Their hypothesis can then be tested on a 5, 12, 13 triangle.
• Pythagorasâ€™ Theorem can be applied to a wide variety of geometrical and real world problems. Students need to practise identifying when the theorem can be applied by recognising triangular components.

#### Common Misconceptions

• Students often believe that the areas of the shapes on the edges have to be squared for a2 + b2 = c2 to apply. The formula applies to all shapes as long as the dimensions are in proportion to the edges of the triangle.
• Confusion often lies in identifying the Hypotenuse side of a right-angled triangle since it is not always apparent which side is longest. Encourage students to identify the hypotenuse as opposite the right angle.
• There is often difficulty when trying to calculate a shorter side of a triangle since students tend to memorise the formula with the hypotenuse as the subject.

## Pythagoras Theorem Resources

### Mr Mathematics Blog

#### Problem-Solving with Angles in Polygons

How to teach problem solving with angles in polygons through scaffolding.

#### Planes of Symmetry in 3D Shapes

Planes of Symmetry in 3D Shapes for Key Stage 3/GCSE students.

Use isometric paper for hands-on learning and enhanced understanding.

#### GCSE Trigonometry Skills & SOH CAH TOA Techniques

Master GCSE Math: Get key SOH-CAH-TOA tips, solve triangles accurately, and tackle area tasks. Ideal for students targeting grades 4-5.