anonymous
  • anonymous
The shadow of a tree on the ground is 17 feet. If the shadow of a 5 1/2 feet tall person standing up straight is 11 feet, how tall is the tree? I know the answer is 8 1/2 ft. but how do you solve it?
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  • schrodinger
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zpupster
  • zpupster
it is a ratio 11 is to 5 1/2 as 17 is to ???
anonymous
  • anonymous
8 1/2
zpupster
  • zpupster
yes that is right, but how did you solve it

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anonymous
  • anonymous
that's what I don't know how to do, can you help me please
zpupster
  • zpupster
sure
anonymous
  • anonymous
thanks
zpupster
  • zpupster
I set them like this: 11/( 1/2) = 17/x and then solve for x like so 11 x = 17(5 1/2) x = 17(5 1/2)/11 do the math and you should come out with your answer I cross mult and then divided to isolate x
anonymous
  • anonymous
oh that makes sense thank you! :)
zpupster
  • zpupster
good job!!
anonymous
  • anonymous
thanks you now I get it :D

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