How do you find the diagonal distance when a girl hikes 3 miles north and 4 miles east?

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2015-11-07 12:56:03

We can find the diagonal distance using the Pythagorean Theorem (PT). PT is a formula that calculates the diagonal distance (c) when it knows the value of north/south (a) and east/west (b). PT is a²+b²=c², so we simply need to substitute 3 and 4 in for a and b, respectively. a²+b²=c² 3²+4²=c² 9+16=c² 25=c² [latex] sqrt{25}= sqrt{c^{2}} [/latex] 5=c Using the math above, we can see the diagonal distance from her starting point is 5 miles.

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