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Building a Bridge Across a Chasm

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 Author: Annie Fetter Description: Geometry, difficulty level 2. So they're standing on the edge of this chasm. It isn't really that far across, but they need to find a log or tie together enough rope to reach a tree on the other side. So they mark a spot on the edge of the chasm directly across from the tree. Then they walk 20 paces along the chasm, and she stays there. He walks another 20 paces and marks the spot. Then he turns ninety degrees and walks away from the chasm until she's directly in the line of sight between him and the tree on the other side. Then he claims that the distance he just walked from the edge of the chasm is the same as the distance across the chasm. Please Note: Use of the following materials requires membership. Please see the Problem of the Week membership page for more information. Problem page: http://mathforum.org/pow/solutio23.html Solution page:

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