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The Pythagorean Theorem and Ladders

Diagram of a ladder leaning up against a house You're locked out of your house and the only open window is on the second floor, 25 feet above the ground. You need to borrow a ladder from one of your neighbors. There's a bush along the edge of the house, so you'll have to place the ladder 10 feet from the house. What length of ladder do you need to reach the window?

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Andrew Wiles | Math's Hidden Woman | Pythagorean Puzzle
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