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Question from APRIL, a teacher:

Two vertical poles are 3 meters apart. Jack is climbing one pole while Jill climbs the other. If the distance between Jack and Jill is 5 meters, how much higher is Jill than John?

Hi April,

I drew a diagram.

jack and Jill

ABC is a right triangle. The distance from A to B is 5 meters and the distance from B to C is 3 meters. What does Pythagoras tell you?


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