2 Black Teens Make 'Impossible' Math Discovery Unproven For 2,000 Years

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Two high school students in New Orleans have cracked a math theory that's gone unproven by mathematicians for centuries.

According to WWLTV, Calcea Johnson and Ne'Kiya Jackson of St. Mary’s Academy presented a session called “An Impossible Proof Of Pythagoras” at the American Mathematics Society’s Annual Southeastern Section Meeting. Johnson and Jackson, the only high school students at the meeting, found a way to prove the theory using trigonometry without circular logic, which has stumped mathematicians for nearly 2,000 years.

"It's really an unparalleled feeling, honestly, because there's just nothing like being able to do something that people don't think young people can do," Johnson said. "A lot of times you see this stuff, you don't see kids like us doing it.

The high school students explained their math discovery to WWLTV.

"Basically, trigonometry is based on Pythagoras' Theorem (A^2 + B^2 = C^2, sound familiar?), so using trigonometry to prove Pythagoras' Theorem is what's known as circular logic," Johnson and Jackson told the outlet.

The two teens credited their teachers who they said challenged them to solve the "impossible."

"Our slogan is 'No Excellence Without Hard Labor.' So, they definitely push us," Johnson said, with Jackson adding, "We have really great teachers."

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