# Definition:Pythagorean Triple/Primitive

## Definition

Let $\tuple {x, y, z}$ be a Pythagorean triple such that $x \perp y$ (that is, $x$ and $y$ are coprime).

Then $\tuple {x, y, z}$ is a primitive Pythagorean triple.

### Canonical Form

Let $\tuple {x, y, z}$ be a primitive Pythagorean triple.

The convention for representing $\tuple {x, y, z}$ as a (primitive) Pythagorean triple is that $x$ is the even element, while $y$ and $z$ are both odd.

This is the canonical form of a Pythagorean triple.

## Source of Name

This entry was named for Pythagoras of Samos.