History Trivia: Charles L. Thomas: African American WWII Hero Extraordinaire

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But he doesn’t just want a replacement. He’s in the market for something bigger and better. [Peter browsing a supermarket]

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Michael and John have been introducing Peter to a little pre-algebra…

00:25

…and Peter decides he can pick out his new shadow by using the Pythagorean Theorem…

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…which says that, when dealing with a right triangle, the square of one leg of the triangle,

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added to the square of the other leg, will equal the square of the hypotenuse.

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Or expressed algebraically a-squared + b-squared = c-squared.

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Fortunately for Peter, he and his shadow form a perfect right triangle. [Peter stood with a perfect triangle and Wendy appears]

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He knows that Wendy wants the tippy-top of his head to be exactly 10 feet away from the

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the top of his shadow's head at all times.

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Peter is six feet tall. His height squared is 36…

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…while the desired distance from the head of his shadow squared is 10 squared…

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…or 100.

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So Peter needs his shadow to be a number that, when squared… [Floating numbers]

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…makes up the difference between 100 and 36.

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So let's do the math.

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100 minus 36 is 64…

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… and the square root of 64…is 8.

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Checking to make sure that works out, we’ve got a triangle with sides that are 6, 8 and 10 feet long… [triangle with all measurements of each side]

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…and 6 squared plus 8 squared comes out to 100…

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…which is the same as 10 squared.

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Peter is a lost boy no longer!

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The neighbors are very jealous… [Peter in his bedroom and Captain Hook appears]