
Crossed Ladders Problem (again)
Posted:
Aug 21, 2001 11:14 PM


L.A. Graham, in the Dover book "Ingenious Mathematical Problems and Methods" on page 18, Problem 25 "The Two Ladders", presents the classic problem of two ladders, one 20 ft. long, the other 30 ft. long, each crossing each other 8 ft. above the floor, and the question is asked "How wide is the room?
Is there anyway to solve this problem, without resorting to a quartic equation, and using Ferrari's method?
Thanks for your input.
 Randall

