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Ch 44: NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem

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New Mexico now uses an National Evaluation Series (NES) examination for teacher certification instead of the NMTA Middle Grades Math examination. Get ready for this teacher certification exam by studying this chapter's online video lessons and re-examining the Pythagorean theorem.

NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem - Chapter Summary

Prepare to take the NMTA Middle Grades Math examination by brushing up on the fundamentals of the Pythagorean theorem and related mathematical concepts. Rediscover the purpose of the Pythagorean theorem as well as its correlation to the law of cosines. This chapter might assist you with:

  • Applying the Pythagorean theorem to find the length of a right triangle
  • Recognizing right triangles by using the Pythagorean theorem's converse
  • Utilizing the theorem to locate the hypotenuse and shorter sides of right-angled triangles
  • Calculating the answers to functional problems

Expert instructors present this educational material in order to help you readily recall facts you've already learned. Watch the videos as often as you like, and use the video tags to quickly find information on the Pythagorean theorem. You can study anywhere as long as you have access to Internet-connected technology. Self-assessment quizzes are included in the chapter. Use them to test your knowledge and your preparedness for the NMTA Middle Grades Math examination.

NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem Chapter Objectives

Everything you review in this chapter can be applied when you're answering questions on the Measurement and Geometry portion of the NMTA Middle Grades Math examination. This third section of the four-part examination is the equivalent of 25% of the overall score. Demonstrate your understanding of the Pythagorean theorem and its applications, as well as your expertise in other mathematical areas, as you seek an endorsement to your teaching certificate. The computer-based examination is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions that you must answer in four hours and 15 minutes or less.

5 Lessons in Chapter 44: NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem
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The Pythagorean Theorem: Practice and Application

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.

The Pythagorean Theorem: Converse and Special Cases

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How to Solve Functional Problems Involving the Pythagorean Theorem

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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