Seventh graders at Colonial Middle School (CMS) recently created pictures of the Wheel of Theodorus as part of their Advanced Math Class.
The Wheel of Theodorus demonstrates that non-square integers are irrational numbers. Students created the spiral figure by drawing continuous right triangles, then using the Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2 = c2) to calculate each hypotenuse.
"What surprises us the most about these drawings is not only the preciseness of their drawings, but the creative energy each picture reflects," said CMS Math Teacher Sally Matthews.
The project is part of the "Looking for Pythagoras" unit and is an example of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).