Hello, magentarita!
To get from his high school to his home, Jamal travels 5 miles east and 4 miles north.
When Sheila goes to her home from the same high school,
she travels 8 miles east and 2 miles south.
What is the measure of the shortest distance, to the nearest tenth of a mile,
between Jamal’s home and Sheila’s home? Code:
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The school is at
Jamal travels 5 miles east and 4 miles north at arrives at his home at
Sheila travels 8 miles east and 2 miles south and arrives at her home at
We want the distance from to (the length of line segment ).
Redraw the diagram. Code:
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See that right triangle?
We have: .
Therefore: . miles.