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Off the Number Line: Birth of a Right Triangle

right triangle funny math cartoon

Interviewer:

Giving birth to a right triangle…that sounds painful!

Cartoonist:

It’s not an easy birth process, but it’s all worth it seeing those two acute little angles when they finally come out.

Interviewer:

I’m sure the mother’s feelings flip a full 180 degrees! And what’s that math the doctor is proposing to perform?

Cartoonist:

That’s from the Pythagorean theorem a² + b² = c². When you take the square root of both sides, you get √( a² + b²) equals c. So they are going to perform a “c” section. When they’re too big, it’s a lot easier to take the baby out through the hypotenuse!

Interviewer:

Hahaha! Where do you come up with these things? Too funny…looking forward to the next Off the Number Line cartoon!

 

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Matthew Peterson and James Huang

About the Author

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder and Chief Research & Development Officer at the MIND Research Institute. James Huang is Senior Visual Designer at MIND Research Institute.

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