## Tuesday, March 18, 2008

### Robby's Scribe

Pythagorean Theorem: Problem A

You are locked out of your house and the only open window is on the second floor, 25 feet above the ground. You need to borrow a ladder from one of your neighbors. There's a bush along the edge of the house, so you'll have to place the ladder 10 feet from the house. What length of ladder do you need to reach the window?In this picture I made of the problem, the bushes were removed, but we still have to solve the problem.

To find the missing side, you have to run through the Pythagorean Theorem and find out what the missing side is.

a = 25 feet

b = 10 feet

c = ?

a² + b² = c²

25² + 10² = c²

625 + 100 = c²

725 = c²

square root

of 725 = c²

Now we make the fractional then decimal form of the square root of 725.

Since 26 is 1 unit larger than 25, we have to square the number 26 and subtract that number from 725 (725 - 676).

27 x 27 = 729 - we can't use this because its larger than 725

26 x 26 = 676

So, back to the subtraction:

725 - 676 = 49

49 becomes the numerator of the fraction after 26.

To find the denominator, you have to add 26 with the number after it, which is 27

26 + 27 = 53.

The answer to 725 squared = 26 49/53

But we aren't done yet, we have to make it into a decimal form. *opens calculator*

26 49/53 = 26.924

26.924 = C

26.924² = c²

So the missing side length of the picture above is 26.924.

Another way we could have found the fraction after 26 is doing the "mullet" strategy.

D = Denominator of fraction after 26

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## 5 comments:

good job robby i like your mulet

Nice work Robby! I like your mullet! I mean the picture! It is thoroughly explained! GREAT WORK AND PICTURES!

nice. i like how you actually had a pic of the problem. ;P

haha robby nice scribe, kewl house, done in paint?

Nice work,

Your explanation was well done, so was your diagram. Great job!

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