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?

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**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 = ?

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**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

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**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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