# Thread: Help! - Pythagorean Theorem Proof

1. ## Help! - Pythagorean Theorem Proof

In need of help. I've searched the internet and can't seem to find a pythag proof that makes since to me.

Looking at the diagram below and using the following theorem, how do you prove the pythagorean theorem.

Theorem: The power of a point is well defined; that is, the same value is obtained regardless of which line l is used in the definition as long as the line has at least one point of intersection with the circle.

I'd even settle for just proving the pythagorean theorem without using the above theorem.

Prove: (AD)(DC) = (AE)(EB) + (BF)(FC)

2. Originally Posted by ReneePatt
In need of help. I've searched the internet and can't seem to find a pythag proof that makes since to me.

Looking at the diagram below and using the following theorem, how do you prove the pythagorean theorem.

Theorem: The power of a point is well defined; that is, the same value is obtained regardless of which line l is used in the definition as long as the line has at least one point of intersection with the circle.

I'd even settle for just proving the pythagorean theorem without using the above theorem.

Prove: (AD)(DC) = (AE)(EB) + (BF)(FC)

HI

Take a look at the diagram i attached . $\displaystyle \triangle ABC$ with right angle at B . Then construct BD which is perpendicular to AC . We are trying to prove that $\displaystyle AC^2=AB^2+BC^2$

so here $\displaystyle \triangle ADB$ , $\displaystyle \triangle ABC$ , $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$ are similar .

$\displaystyle \frac{AD}{AB}=\frac{AB}{AC}\Rightarrow AB^2=AD\cdot AC$

$\displaystyle \frac{BD}{DC}=\frac{AC}{BC}\Rightarrow BC^2=AC\cdot DC$

$\displaystyle \therefore AB^2+BC^2=AD\cdot AC+AC\cdot DC=AC(AD+DC)=AC\cdot AC$

hence proved .

so here $\displaystyle \triangle ADB$ , $\displaystyle \triangle ABC$ , $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$ are similar .
Hi,
You say that $\displaystyle \triangle ADB$ , $\displaystyle \triangle ABC$ , $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$ are similar but there isn't a $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$. Did you mean $\displaystyle \triangle ADC$?

4. Originally Posted by ReneePatt
Hi,
You say that $\displaystyle \triangle ADB$ , $\displaystyle \triangle ABC$ , $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$ are similar but there isn't a $\displaystyle \triangle BDC$. Did you mean $\displaystyle \triangle ADC$?
hey the diagram i attached previously is incorrect . This is the correct one . I accidentally swapped the A and B .