Updated: Jan 18
Mathematics is a fascinating science where things depend on each other in many different ways and where one quantity can be expressed as the other in order to derive or prove the properties or the very existence of that very quantity.
Here are some simple, yet cool proofs.
Prove the Pythagorean Theorem
According to the Pythagorean Theorem the square of two shorter sides in the right angle triangle are equal to the square of the longest side (the hypotenuse).
Visually, this relationship could be represented like this
To prove that this relationship is true, let’s take a look at the following
Prove that the Area of Triangle is equal to half of the product of its base and height
Given the rectangle, with a shorter side b and a longer side h, we are able to find its area by finding the product the two sides: bh.
Consider two triangles, whose bases are congruent to b and whose heights are congruent to h in the rectangle. One of these triangles will be split into two congruent right angle triangles.
We will get the following
From the diagrams above we can observe that two triangles (placed upside down) whose bases are congruent to b and whose heights are congruent to h in the rectangle together form a rectangle.
Prove that the diagonals of a rectangle are congruent
Congruent means equal in size and shape (≅)
ABCD is a rectangle, it is also a parallelogram.
Then AB ≌ DC and BC ≌ BC (by the Reflexive Property of Congruence)
⦟ ABC = ⦟ DCB = 90
⦟ ABC ≌ ⦟ DCB since all right angles are congruent
Therefore, AB ≌ DC, BC ≌ BC, ⦟ ABC ≌ ⦟ DCB
so ABC ≌ DCB
and segment AC ≌ segment BD
Prove that the sum of the interior angles in a triangle equals 180 degrees
When two parallel lines are crossed by a transversal, alternate interior angles are equal.
Since a complete circle is 360 degrees, then half of it is 180 degrees (semi-circle.)
Therefore, angles in a semicircle must add up to 180 degrees.
Then inside the triangle all angles also add up to 180 degrees.
Prove that for all integers n if n is even, then the square of n is even
Let n be any integer. Suppose n is even.
Then n = 2k for some integer k:
Prove that the sum of the first 100 consecutive whole numbers is 5,050
We can, of course, take every single whole number from 1 to 100 and add it to the previous one. But it will take us a very long time, especially without a calculator.
Instead, if “fold” the numbers and add each pair, we will get a constant sum of 101 (see below). Since there are 100 numbers total, there are 50 pairs of numbers.
Thus, the sum of all 100 numbers is 50 x 101 = 5,050
Prove that the area of a circle is the product of Pi and the square of the radius of a circle
A circle can be split into triangles (almost, because there is still a bit of a round portion left over), whose vertices meet at the center of a circle - the more triangles we split it into, the closer the total length of their bases is to that of a circumference of a circle.
Let’s split our circle into 8 triangles for visual purposes and arrange them in a rectangular formation. We almost get a rectangle.
We know that the area of a rectangle is equal to “length x width”. The width of our rectangle will be the same as the radius. To find the length we will need the circumference of the circle.
Since the circumference is equal to 2πr, the base has to be πr.
Now “length x width” becomes “πr x r”. That gives us πr² which is equal to the area of the rectangle which is equal to the area of the circle.
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