Hello, ecdtrls516!

I don't suppose you made a sketch . . .

A 10-ft-long stem of bamboo is broken in such a way

that its tip touches the ground 3 ft from the base of the stem.

What is the height of the break.

The answer is 4.55 ftCode:B * | \ | \ h | \ 10-h | \ | \ - - * - - - - - * - - C 3 A

The break is at

The top of the bamboo (A) touches the ground 3 ft from C: .

Let (the height of the break).

Then: .

Now apply Pythagorus: .

So we have: .

. . . . . and solve for