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45-45-90 Right Triangles

Leg times sqrt(2) equals hypotenuse.

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Fighting the War on Drugs Using Geometry and Special Triangles
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Fighting the War on Drugs Using Geometry and Special Triangles

Topic

Upholding a drug conviction

Vocabulary

  • Pythagorean theorem
  • 30-60-90 triangles
  • 45-45-90 triangles

Student Exploration

How can geometry be used to catch drug dealers?

http://gothamist.com/2005/11/23/drug_dealers_wa.php

Extension Investigation

Students can make up a similar story involving 30-60-90 triangles and 45-45-90 triangles and present their work to the class.


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