Two high-school girls in New Orleans made news when they proved out the Pythagorean Theorem with trigonometry. This is all about determining the length of the third side of a triangle, if you know the length of the other two. Calcea Johnson, and Ne’Kiya Jackson (and I apologize if I botched their names)… they both appear to be humble and modest, and have found at least 7 different ways to prove it that were never known before. They both attend St Mary’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, and focused on this for a school-wide math contest to win $500. They’ve got international attention now, as only one other documented Trig proof had been provided in the past 2000 years… just about 15 years ago by a physics and math professor. I predict they’ll both go far in life!

A high school teacher didn’t expect a solution when she set a 2,000-year-old Pythagorean Theorem problem in front of her students. Then Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson stepped up to the challenge.

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