Posted by Jess on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:37pm.
A tree is struck by lightning. The top part breaks and falls to the ground. The part of the tree still standing is 30 feet tall and the top part that hit the ground is 40 feet from the base of the tree. How tall was the tree originally?

math  PsyDAG, Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:43pm
Assuming that the 40 is the length that fell and not its distance from the tree,
30 +40 = ?

math  Anonymous, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12:52pm
30 squared + 40 squared = x squared
900 + 1600 = x squared
2500 = x squared
Therefore, x = root 2500
X= 50 feet

math  Shu, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12:52pm
30 squared + 40 squared = x squared
900 + 1600 = x squared
2500 = x squared
Therefore, x = root 2500
X= 50 feet
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