New Orleans teens solve 2,000-year-old math problem

By Bo Beard | May 11, 2024

Some ingenuity

Teacher Michelle Blouin Williams initiated a math competition with a bonus question tasking students to develop a new proof for the Pythagorean theorem using trigonometry, without anticipating that anyone would successfully tackle the challenge.

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She said, “I was just looking for some ingenuity.” 

Williams' expectations

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Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson exceeded Williams' expectations by successfully solving the challenge in 2023.