pathagorean theorom? please help

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fallinbehind

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you have a 25 foot ladder that just reaches the edge of the roof of a house. If the bottom of the ladder is 10 feet from the base of the house, how tall is the edge of the house? (round answers to the nearest whole foot) Draw a picture of this description , then calculate the height, do not forget that greek guys theorom!

I missed four days of math and don't have a clue as to what i'm doing except that i think i'm supposed to use pathagorean theorom....
please help
 

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OK. What's the Greek Guy's (Pythagorus) Theorem? Then we can get started.
 

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ummm.... i think its
In a right triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the legs.

C squared= a squared + b squared
 
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10^2+b^2=25^2
solve for b
 

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does b= 15?
 

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Doesn't anyone write definitions?

c = length of ladder = 25 ft
a = distance of ladder base from the house = 10 ft
b = height of roof

b = 15? Where did you get that? SHOW YOUR WORK!!!

It isn't magic. No one knows what is in your head. You must tell us.
 
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no b=the square root of 525
 
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25^2=10^2+b^2
625=100+b^2
525=b^2
 
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there is a better site then this that helps with math tutoring....it has people who want to help.....and dont give you an additude every minute you ask a simple question....no matter how hard you are trying...so if you need the name of the site just let me know
 

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Yup. There are lots of places where you can just get your answers and move on. You can do that here. It's just your luck to find me on line. I don't believe that is EVER the right way to proceed. I want to verify that you are LEARNING something. "Thank you for the answer." just doesn't cut it for me. Others do not share my views.
 
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