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The length of abandoned road used to make the new road is 16 mi and the cost to make new road directly to connect the town is not less than $6.8 million. ### Explanation of Solution Given: The town Foxton lies 10 mi north of and abandoned east-west road. The distance between the point on the abandoned road closest to Foxton is 40 mi from Grimley. The cost for restore the old road is$100,000 and cost to make new road is $200,000. The total money spend to make the road is$6.8 million.

The total money spend to make the road is $6.8 million. Cost for new road is$200,000.

Calculation:

Let the length of abandoned road used to make the new road be x and the remaining part of road be (40x) .

(hypotenuse)2=(base)2+(height)2(hypotenuse)2=(40x)2+(10)2(hypotenuse)=(40x)2+(10)2

Tabulate the given information into the language of algebra.

Model the equation for the above information.

Simplify the above equation for x.

100x+200(100+1600+x280x)=6800x+2(x280x+1700)=68x280x+1700=68x2

Take square of both sides of above equation.

x280x+1700=(68x2)2x280x+1700=4624+x2136x44x2320x+6800=4624+x2136x3x2184x+2176=0

Factor the above equation.

(3x136)(x16)=0x=1363,x=16

Thus, length of abandoned road used to make the new road is 16 mi.

The length of new road connecting two towns directly is,

(hypotenuse)2=(base)2+(height)2(hypotenuse)2=(40)2+(10)2(hypotenuse)2=1700hypotenuse=41.231

The length of new road connecting two towns directly is 41.231 mi.

The cost for new road is,

Cost=200×41.231=8246thousand=8.246million

Thus, the cost to make new road directly to connect the town is not less than \$6.8 million.

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