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    Post Help with related rates problem :S

    im having trouble solving this problem in my review packet:

    An 8 foot high fence is located 1 foot from a building. determine the length of the shortest ladder with its foot on the ground which can be leaned against the building and touch the top of the fence.
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    This is not a related rates problem is an optimization one.
    Sketch the figure and try using similar triangles.
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