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Posted by **jennifer** on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:06am.

The inclined ramp of a boat launch is 8 meters longer than the rise of the ramp.

The run is 7 meters longer than the rise. How long are the three sides of the ramp?

let the the rise be x m

then the run is x+7 m , and the ramp (the hypotenuse) is x+8 m

then

x^2 + (x+7)^2 = (x+8)^2

expand and simplify to

x^2 - 2x - 15=0

x^2 - 2x - 15=0

(x-5)(x+3)=0

x = 5 or x =-3

clearly x has to be positive

so the height of the ramp is 5,

would the other sides be

13m and 12m?

- MATH -
**bobpursley**, Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:29amcorrect.

- MATH -
**jennifer**, Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:53amthank you

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