Animated Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem

Below is an animated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. Starting with a right triangle and squares on each side, the middle size square is cut into congruent quadrilaterals (the cuts through the center and parallel to the sides of the biggest square). Then the quadrilaterals are hinged and rotated and shifted to the big square. Finally the smallest square is translated to cover the remaining middle part of the biggest square. A perfect fit! Thus the sum of the squares on the smaller two sides equals the square on the biggest side.


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Afterward, the small square is translated back and the four quadrilaterals are directly translated back to their original position. The process is repeated forever.


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