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Reach of a Ladder Stor Problem

Postby taz4ever1 on Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:04 pm

I'm having trouble setting up this problem. I can solve it once it's set up but I don't hav enough info to set it up right.

Twyla has a 26-ft ladder leaning against her house. If the bottom of the ladder is 10 ft. from the base of the house, how high does the ladder reach?

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Postby stapel_eliz on Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:51 pm

Draw the picture of the wall, the ladder, and the ground. Note that this forms a right triangle.

Label the base and the hypotenuse with the given values. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the height. :wink:
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