A painter has 24 foot ladder that he is using to paint a house. For safety reasons, the ladder must be placed at least 8 feet from the base

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A painter has 24 foot ladder that he is using to paint a house. For safety reasons, the ladder must be placed at least 8 feet from the base of the side of the house. To the nearest tenth of a foot, how high can the ladder safely reach?

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    2021-09-09T02:50:14+00:00

    To the nearest foot, it would be 23 feet. I found this using the Pythagorean Theorem of a (squared) + b (squared) = c (squared). If you have 24 as the hypotenuse, you have to square this and subtract 64 (8*8) from it. That will equal 512. So you have to find the square root of that which is 22.62, which will round to 23 feet.

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