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A 25-foot ladder is placed against a vertical wall of a building, with the bottom of the ladder standing on concrete 7 feet from the base of the building. If the top of the ladder slips down 4 feet, then the bottom of the ladder will slide out

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The wall and the ground meet at a right angle. When the ladder is placed against the wall, it creates a right triangle whose hypotenuse is 25 feet long. At first, the bottom of the ladder is 7 feet from the base of the building, so one leg of the right triangle is 7 feet long. It is possible to find the length of the other leg by using the Pythagorean theorem.

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