Algebra
posted by Mathy on .
A wire is run between two tips of two poles. One pole is 23 ft. taller than the other pole. The poles are 37 ft. apart. How long does the wire need to be to reach between the two poles?

If your draw a sketch of this you will see that a right triangle can be formed.
The base of the right triangle is 37 and the other leg is 23. The hypotenuse is the wire.
Using the Pythagorean theorem,
c^2 = 23^2 + 37^2
Solve for c 
A^2 +B ^2 = C^2
23^2 + 37 ^2 = C^2
529 + 1369 = C^2
1898 = C ^2
Square root both 1898 Calculator.
After you square root it will be C = 43.56