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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 8 feet from the base of the house and is 14 feet tall. The other tree is 16 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.

 Apr 21, 2021
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Pythogorean theorem

 

tree one is   sqrt ( 8^2 + 14^2 ) = ___________   ft

tree two is   sqrt (16^2 + 9^2)   =____________  ft from base      Which is smaller distance ?

 Apr 21, 2021

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