posted by Alyssa .
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?
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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