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So, sometimes for work I have to go on long drives and during these trips I will become completely unconscious and start thinking about everything besides driving.
Today I was thinking about about aliens and what I might do if I met them alone and I decided I would probably show them some basic math and number stuff like base 10 and Pythagorean theorem. I was trying to decide what numbers I would draw on my triangle and I decided I should probably use whole numbers because decimals might be extra confusing. I think this took me about 20 minutes to figure out in my head, I had a lot of fun so I thought someone else might enjoy as well
Here's the problem:
You're drawing a pythagorean triangle for a group of aliens who just landed in your back yard to demonstrate human cognitive capability. Using only whole numbers, what's the smallest number you can put on each side of the triangle to fulfill a^2+b^2=c^2 ?


WHAT IS THIS  Last edit: 05/02/2016 10:01 


 
edit  made my post lame. 

WHAT IS THIS  Last edit: 05/02/2016 10:44 



Romm3l Germany. Feb 05 2016 11:22. Posts 285   

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yeah, i googled it after i posted and found out i actually had the 2nd set of possible numbers and missed the first set.
lol 




TheHuHu3 United States. Feb 05 2016 13:56. Posts 5544   
Whatever drugs you're on, sign me up. 




blackjacki2 United States. Feb 05 2016 14:53. Posts 2445   
how have you heard of the pythagorean theorem but never heard of a 345 triangle? 



cariadon Estonia. Feb 05 2016 15:02. Posts 4014   



Emi France. Feb 05 2016 15:33. Posts 280   
345 is very well know in masonry, because the ratio is always the same. all people working in construction used to know this ratio by hearth, because it always work with this ratio
for example 6810 is a Pythagorean triangle as well, as is 91215 and so on. 

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Santafairy Korea (South). Feb 06 2016 02:13. Posts 1925   
 On February 05 2016 13:53 blackjacki2 wrote:
how have you heard of the pythagorean theorem but never heard of a 345 triangle? 


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Spitfiree Bulgaria. Feb 06 2016 20:24. Posts 9424   
 On February 05 2016 12:56 TheHuHu3 wrote:
Whatever drugs you're on, sign me up. 
Even though trying to communicate through math seems genius in a way 

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fira United States. Feb 08 2016 03:02. Posts 6345   
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Daut United States. Feb 08 2016 11:31. Posts 8948   
I hope for posterity sake that the teacher you had at age 11 found a new line of work.
This is not an insult to you, but really this should be ingrained in your head, and it was a failure of the school system for something so simple to slip through the cracks. But if you enjoyed this, I recommend checking out some basic number theory books and explore the limits of what you can learn. 

NewbSaibot: 18 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT. Because FUCK YOU, Daut  Last edit: 08/02/2016 11:32 


 
Daut, I never really paid much attention to any of my teachers, school was entirely too easy and I could have passed any test laid out in front of me from any class i ever took before I ever took it.
I don't think there's a reason to blame any of my teachers for something I was certainly not interested in hearing. It's not that I didn't enjoy learning it was just that 98% of the time when my teacher was talking I didn't gain anything from hearing it. I was literally doing my brother's gf's homework who was a senior when I was in the 4th grade. My school wasn't exactly hard, I don't imagine growing up in the midwest in a town of farmers and simple ppl was the ideal place to go to school. 



 
Also this problem is way too easy when the numbers are small like 3 4 and 5.
It was quite challenging when i skipped over those and found 12 13 5 and assumed that was the smallest set of numbers. 




Bigbobm United States. Feb 12 2016 03:05. Posts 5495   
 On February 08 2016 10:31 Daut wrote:
I hope for posterity sake that the teacher you had at age 11 found a new line of work.
This is not an insult to you, but really this should be ingrained in your head, and it was a failure of the school system for something so simple to slip through the cracks. But if you enjoyed this, I recommend checking out some basic number theory books and explore the limits of what you can learn. 
Number theory was probably my favorite undergrad class. 

Its time to stop thinking like a bitch and think smart like a poker player  ket  


