Draw a right-angled triangle.
Click and drag near the centre of the protractor to move its centre
over a vertex of a triangle (not at the right angle).
Click and drag on the inner circle to rotate it until the blue dot
aligns with one of the adjacent sides.
Click and drag the blue dot until it aligns with the
- What do the numbers refer to?
Click and drag the edge of the protractor to change its
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- Why don't the numbers change?
- How might this protractor be useful for finding the lengths of
sides of different triangles?
- What do you notice about the numbers when the protractor is
placed over each of the two acute angles? Can you explain what you
- What is the connection between the "lengths" of the two
adjacent sides and the "length" of the hypotenuse?
- Do these things remain the same for any triangle? Can you
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