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    A 20-ft ladder is leaning against a building. If the bottom of the ladder is 12ft from the base of the building how high does the ladder reach?


    A= 20ft - 12ft

    A = 8 ft


    Seems too simple is this a trick question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Huge View Post
    A 20-ft ladder is leaning against a building. If the bottom of the ladder is 12ft from the base of the building how high does the ladder reach?


    A= 20ft - 12ft

    A = 8 ft


    Seems too simple is this a trick question?
    Draw a diagram. 20ft is the hypotenuse of the triangle. 12 ft is one of the legs.

    Hint: use the pythagorean theorem.
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    a^2+b^2=c^2

    a=12, c=20
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEmptySet View Post
    Draw a diagram. 20ft is the hypotenuse of the triangle. 12 ft is one of the legs.

    Hint: use the pythagorean theorem.
    Diagram:
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