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The leaning tower of Pisa 2009-08-09
From MF:
Would you have any idea how the 'latitude of 44 degrees N" has anything to do with this question and how I would apply it?

The leaning tower of Pisa leans toward the south at an angle of 5.5 degrees. One day near noon its shadow was measured to be 84.02 m long and the angle of elevation from the tip of the shadow to the top of the tower was measured as 32.0 degrees. To answer the question, assume that the tower is like a pole stuck in the ground, it has negligible width. Also, it is important to know that Pisa Italy is at a latitude of approx 44 degrees North because this affects the direction of the shadow.)

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
A merchant from Pisa 2001-02-11
From A student:
A merchand doing business is Lucca doubled his money there and spent 12 denarii. On leaving, he went to Florence, where he also doubled his mone and spent 12 denarii. Returning home to Pisa, he there doubled his money and again spent 12 denarii, nothing remaining. How much did he have in the beginning?
Answered by Claude Tardif.



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