Posted by **Sammie** on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 10:24pm.

A 62 foot rope hangs from the top of a pole. When pulled taut to its fullest length the rope reaches a point on the ground 31 feet from the base of the pole. Find the height of the pole to the nearest tenth of a foot. Let p equal the height of the pole.

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**Ms. Sue**, Friday, September 24, 2010 at 10:35pm
a^2 + b^2 = c^2

31^2 + p^2 = 62^2

961 + p^2 = 3844

p^2 = 3844 - 961

p^2 = 2,883

p = 53.226 = 53.2

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**Allie**, Friday, September 24, 2010 at 10:41pm
Thank you, Ms. Sue....I had the right concept but was stuck in the last part...

Allie

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**Ms. Sue**, Friday, September 24, 2010 at 10:48pm
You're welcome, Allie.

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