# Ch 45: NES Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem

### About This Chapter

## NES Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem - Chapter Summary

No NES Middle Grades Mathematics study resource would be complete without lessons on the ubiquitous Pythagorean Theorem; so here it is. Our talented instructors guide you through several aspects and applications of the theorem in fun videos filled with entertaining graphics designed to help you remember the content. The concepts discussed in this chapter include:

- General applications of the Pythagorean Theorem
- Special and converse cases of the theorem
- Using the theorem to find line lengths in right triangles
- Functional problems involving the Pythagorean Theorem

Each video clocks in at around five minutes long, so you can fit them easily into even the most busy schedules. If you need even more flexibility, stop the videos partway through and pick up right where you left off using the handy video content tags. Printable materials include a transcript of the lesson and a worksheet with additional practice problems. Don't forget to take the quizzes and test to measure your progress.

### NES Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem Chapter Objectives

Though you are certain to use the Pythagorean Theorem in questions across several objectives and content domains, objective 0008 in the Measurement and Geometry domain specifically requires you to demonstrate an understanding of the theorem and its converse. This domain includes 25% of the test content. The exam has 150 multiple-choice questions overall, and you are given 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete it.

The test is scored on a scale of 100-300: you must achieve the national benchmark score of 220 to pass. Check with the test proctors to receive your scaled score immediately following the exam, then return to the NES website for your detailed score report when it is published. A schedule of when score reports are published is available on the website, which is also where you will go to register and download a complete breakdown of the test.

### 1. The Pythagorean Theorem: Practice and Application

The Pythagorean theorem is one of the most famous geometric theorems. Written by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, this theorem makes it possible to find a missing side length of a right triangle. Learn more about the famous theorem here and test your understanding with a quiz.

### 2. The Pythagorean Theorem: Converse and Special Cases

The Pythagorean Theorem is a famous theorem for right triangles. Watch this video to learn how the Pythagorean Theorem relates to the law of cosines and how the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem can help you identify right triangles.

### 3. How to Find the Hypotenuse of a Right Triangle Using the Pythagorean Theorem

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to use the Pythagorean Theorem and its resultant formula to help you find the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle when you know the measurements of the triangle's two other sides.

### 4. How to Find Shorter Sides on a Right Triangle Using the Pythagorean Theorem

Sure, the Pythagorean Theorem is useful for finding the hypotenuse of a right triangle, but what about the other sides? As this lesson shows, it's just a matter of flipping the formula.

### 5. How to Solve Functional Problems Involving the Pythagorean Theorem

One of the most useful aspects of studying triangles is the Pythagorean Theorem. In this lesson, we use it to find the unknown length of a side of a triangle, whether it is a shorter side or the hypotenuse.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the NES Middle Grades Mathematics (203): Practice & Study Guide course

- NES Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Solving Word Problems
- NES Middle Grades Math: Properties of Numbers
- NES Middle Grades Math: Estimating & Rounding
- NES Middle Grades Math: Number Theory
- NES Middle Grades Math: Roots & Radical Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Scientific Notation
- NES Middle Grades Math: Simplifying Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Integers
- NES Middle Grades Math: Rational Numbers
- NES Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Operations with Fractions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Decimals
- NES Middle Grades Math: Operations with Decimals
- NES Middle Grades Math: Percents
- NES Middle Grades Math: Money & Consumer Math
- NES Middle Grades Math: Number Patterns & Sequences
- NES Middle Grades Math: Properties of Functions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Graphing Functions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers
- NES Middle Grades Math: Absolute Value
- NES Middle Grades Math: Inequalities
- NES Middle Grades Math: Factoring
- NES Middle Grades Math: Monomials & Polynomials
- NES Middle Grades Math: Writing Algebraic Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution
- NES Middle Grades Math: One-Step Equations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Two-Step Equations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Rational Expressions
- NES Middle Grades Math: The Coordinate Graph
- NES Middle Grades Math: Linear Equations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
- NES Middle Grades Math: Measurement
- NES Middle Grades Math: Perimeter & Area
- NES Middle Grades Math: Polyhedrons & Geometric Solids
- NES Middle Grades Math: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- NES Middle Grades Math: Properties of Lines
- NES Middle Grades Math: Angles
- NES Middle Grades Math: Triangles
- NES Middle Grades Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- NES Middle Grades Math: Similar Polygons
- NES Middle Grades Math: Quadrilaterals
- NES Middle Grades Math: Circles
- NES Middle Grades Math: Circular Arcs & Measurement
- NES Middle Grades Math: Transformations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Data & Graphs
- NES Middle Grades Math: Statistics
- NES Middle Grades Math: Data Collection
- NES Middle Grades Math: Samples & Populations
- NES Middle Grades Math: Probability
- NES Middle Grades Math: Sets
- NES Middle Grades Mathematics Flashcards