# algebra

an 18-foot ladder leans against the wall of a building. the base of the ladder is 9 feet from the bulding on level ground.how many feet up the wall,to the nearest tenth of a foot,is the ladder?

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1. The ladder forms the hypotenuse of a right triangle. Solve for a

a^2 + b^2 = c^2
a^2 + 9^2 = 18^2
a^2 + 81 = 324
a^2 = 243
a = 15.589 = 15.6 feet

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