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Even before the invention of triangles, Thales mystified Pharaoh Cheops with his otherworldly method of measuring the height of the Great Pyramid. Because we know you secretly love all things Ancient Egypt. Don't worry, we won't tell. You're welcome.
Not to be confused with showers of the same color, the Golden Number is a special ratio that comes from Fibonacci's sequence and can be found absolutely everywhere. From architecture to sports to the financial markets, even a person's aesthetic beauty can be evaluated using this number. (That means how good-lookin' they are.) Paparazzi need not apply.
As if there weren't enough pressure to be perfect already, Leonardo Da Vinci went and said that the ideal body fit a long list of very specific proportions. We'd like to see how the cosmetic surgeons at Sacred Heart would respond to that kind of request.
When two triangle bachelors hit the club, we know what they're looking for: lady triangles. Ernie and Stu rap their way through an explanation of how they know they would hit it off with their target ladies.
This video gives a quick review of how to determine whether triangles are similar by comparing their side lengths. How many exclamation points do you think the speaker needs at the end?
Watch as this drawing instructor demonstrates how to use a modern version of a 400-year-old device that was invented in response to the question, "How do we shrink this picture without a Xerox machine?"
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The Scaliens have messed up ratios, proportions, and scale factors all over the place, and it's up to you to set things right and then scoot out of there before they make heads or tails of what's going on. As you fix what they've set awry, you'll also be practicing math!
Practice your mad scientist laugh and prepare to make shapes grow, shrink, and generally dance around like little lab monkeys. Adjust the center of dilation and scale factor, and watch how your creation changes right before your very eyes.
Proportions show up in so many places in the real world, like maps, models of dinosaur skeletons, and sports team formations on a coach's dry erase clipboard (you know the kind we're talking about). This interactive review lets you practice solving for missing lengths in ratios in all of those situations, as well as in similar triangles!
One more site to practice solving problems with proportions. 'Cause we just can't get enough. Plus, you can debate with your friends about who that avatar is supposed to be.