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Question from dale, a parent:

2 cars starting from the same point in opposite direction on a straight highway drove 6 miles then turn left and drove 8 miles. How far apart are the cars?

Hi Dale,

I drew a diagram of the situation you described.

diagram 1

Then I extended one line and added another.

diagram 2

What is the distance from S to C?
What is the distance from C to F?
What is the distance from F to S? (If you're not sure ask Pythagoras.)


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