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Item 20 A civil engineer is mapping the overhead clearance of his family’s property on a coordinate grid. The ground is represented by the x-axis and the base of the house is at the origin. There are two trees on the property. One tree is 10 feet from the base of the house and is 14 feet tall. The other tree is 13 feet from the base of the house and is 9 feet tall. What is the distance from the base of the house to the closest treetop? Round your answer to the nearest tenth.

 Jan 29, 2020
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Use the Pyhagorean Theorem from the origin to the top of each tree.

In one case, distance = sqrt( 102 + 14).

In the other case, distance = squrt( 132 + 92 ).

 

Find each distance to determine the answer to the problem.

 Jan 29, 2020

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