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AlgebraQ&A Library68. An Ancient Chinese Problem This problem is taken from a Chinese mathematics textbook called Chui-chang suan-shu, or Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, which was writ- ten about 250 B.C. A 10-ft-long stem of bamboo is broken in such a way that its tip touches the ground 3 ft from the base of the stem, as shown in the figure. What is the height of the break? [Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem.] 3 ft DISCUSS DISCOVER DROVE WRITStart your trial now! First week only $4.99!*arrow_forward*

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An Ancient Chinese Problem This problem is taken from a

Chinese mathematics textbook called Chui-chang suan-shu,

or Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, which was written about 250 b.c.

A 10-ft-long stem of bamboo is broken in such a way

that its tip touches the ground 3 ft from the base of the

stem, as shown in the figure. What is the height of the

break?

[Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem.]

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