Posted by chris on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 2:35pm.
Two hikers started at the same location. One traveled 2 miles east and then 1 mile north. The other traveled 1 mile west and then 3 miles south. At the end of their hikes, how many miles apart are the two hikers?

math  Reiny, Friday, April 10, 2009 at 4:47pm
consider the origin as their starting location, then the first one ends up at (2,1) and the second hiker at (1,3)
so, using the distance formula between 2 points :
D = √((2+1)^2 + (1+4)^2)
= √(9+25)
= √34 or appr 5.8 miles apart
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