Pythagorean Theorem in Physics

By Stefan Robert

Pythagorean theorem in physics refers to right triangles and a few other pieces of information. Find out about the Pythagorean theorem in physics with help from an expert in computers, with two degrees in both Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in this free video clip.

Transcript

Hi, my name is Stefan. Today, I'm going to be speaking on the Pythagorean Theorem in physics. Now here's what the Pythagorean Theorem is if you have a right triangle. It says that C squared = A squared + B squared. Now this helps us, let's say a car is traveling and it's going up some hill. If we know that the force pushing horizontally is 3 and the force pushing vertically is 4, we can find the slanted force that the car is being pushed with. So we can say that the force = the square root of 3 squared + 4 squared. So that = the square root of 9 + 16 which = 5 and there's a great way of how the Pythagorean Theorem is used in physics.

About the Author

Stefan Robert is an expert in computers, with two degrees in both Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.