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A pilot flies a plane south and then 600 miles west, where she lands the plane. How far south did the pilot fly if she lands 610 miles from her starting point?

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- anonymous

Draw a diagram of the flight path and connect 'miles from starting point': method of solution would be revealed once you see your drawing.

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I don't understand this at all D:

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You need to know some basic of right triangle and pythagorean theory: its a big word but not that difficult to understand.

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I know how to use the Pythagorean theorem i just don't know like how to do the problem >_<

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I would square 600 and 610 right?

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Attempt what I said earlier. Go south draw a line down the page, go west another line

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Then square root the sum of the two numbers?

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|\
| \
x | \ 610
| \
|_____ \
600

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a^2 + b^2 = c^2
x^2 + 600^2 = 610^2
x^2 + 360000 = 372100
x^2 = 12100
x = 110 miles

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