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Solve for a. Penny
Maelee, Good grief! If your textbook insists on !!REAL WORLD PROBLEMS!!, why can't the authors get the facts right? The distance between the bases is 90 feet. Consequently, the distance from home to second is a bit over 127 feet. Chris
Maelee, To find the distance between the bases you will need to use trig or Pythagoras' theorem: home plate, first base, and second base form a right triangle with two equal legs, so if the distance from home plate to first base is x feet then x^{2} + x^{2} = 120^{2}. To find the area is simpler! Draw a line from home to second, and a line from the midpoint to third. Cut along these lines and put the small triangles (short sides 60 ft) outside the homefirst and firstsecond baselines. You now have a rectangle  what is its area? Good Hunting!  


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