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Hi: Can you help me with these problems: 1) A water lily with a rigid stem extends one foot above the surface of the water. When pulled over, it disappears beneath the water at a distance 3 feet from where the stem originally entered the water. How deep is the pond? Thanks Inba 

Hi Inba, I drew a diagram.
T is the top if the water lily, R is the point where the stem enters the bottom of the pond, B is the point on the surface of the water where the stem breaks through the surface, and A is the point where the pulled over plant disappears below the surface. AT is an arc of a circle with radius r = AR, AB = 3 and BT = 1 so BR = r1. The triangle ARB has a right angle at B and thus you can use Pythagoras' Theorem to write and equation which you can solve for r. Penny 

