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A traveler went 10 miles south, 7 miles east, 2 miles south, and 2 miles west. How many miles is the traveler from the start?

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    He's 12 miles south of the start and 5 miles east of the start.

    This makes a right angle triangle. You can find the closest distance by finding the hypotenuse of this triangle by using the Pythagorean Theorem.

    12^2 + 5^2 = h^2

    144 + 25 = h^2

    169 = h^2

    13 = h

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