A ladder that is 17 feet long is 8 feet from the base of a wall.

How far up the wall does the ladder reach?

How far up the wall does the ladder reach?

Pythagorean Theorem

a2+ b2= c2{c is the hypotenuse...opposite the right angle}

a2+ 82= 172{substitute in to the Pythagorean Theorem}

a2+ 64 = 289

a2= 225 {subtract 64 from both sides}

a = 15 ft {take the square root of both sides}

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a2+ b2= c2{c is the hypotenuse...opposite the right angle}

a2+ 82= 172{substitute in to the Pythagorean Theorem}

a2+ 64 = 289

a2= 225 {subtract 64 from both sides}

a = 15 ft {take the square root of both sides}

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