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The mast of a sailing ship is 20 ft tall. A rope is streched 26 ft from the top of the mast to a cleat on the deck of the ship. How far is the cleat from the base of the mast?

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    It makes a right angle triangle, so use the Pythagorean Theorem.

    a^2 + b^2 = c^2

    20^2 + b^2 = 26^2

    400 + b^2 = 676

    b^2 = 276

    b = 16.613 feet

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