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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.

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if you draw this picture you can see that you are making triangles.

distance formula or pythagorean theorem will give you the answer

\(\sqrt{}\)(102 + 142 )  or  \(\sqrt{}\)(132 + 92 ) 

\(\sqrt{}\) 296 or \(\sqrt{}\) 250 so obviously \(\sqrt{}\)250 is closer           

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