Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 9:13pm.
a guy wire 27 feet long runs from the top of the pole to a spot on the ground. I f the height of the pole is 6 feet longer than the from the base of the pole to the spot where the guy wire is anchored, how tall is the pole?

college  rbowh, Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 9:18pm
let x = distance from pole to spot on ground where
guy wire is attached
x + 6 = height of pole
x^2 + ( x+ 2 )^2 = 27^2
simplify and solve for x

college  rbowh, Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 9:47pm
Ooooops!
x^2 + (x + 6)^2 = 27^2
Don't know where I got x+ 2.
Sorry.

college  Terry, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:29am
Is this really a college question? Seems too easy.
Let x represent the base of the triangle (pole to spot where the wire is). Since you said that the height of the pole is 6 feet longer than the base of the pole to where the wired is anchored. Now 6+x. 27 is the hypotenuse. Use a^2+b^2=c^2 and plug in the numbersnumbers, 29x=6+x, do the rest and the answer will be 11.5 for x. Now add to 6, which will be 17.5.
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