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Jim has put a fence along the side AC of the triangular patch of land shown below.

A right angle triangle ABC is shown having length of one leg equal to 6 meters. The measure of angle ABC is 90 degrees. A fence is shown on the hypotenuse of the triangle. The length of the fence is 10m, the same as that of the hypotenuse.

What is the length of side AB?

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    Just recognize that this is a scaled-up 3-4-5 triangle.

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