1950 AHSME Problems/Problem 32

Problem

A $25$ foot ladder is placed against a vertical wall of a building. The foot of the ladder is $7$ feet from the base of the building. If the top of the ladder slips $4$ feet, then the foot of the ladder will slide:

$\textbf{(A)}\ 9\text{ ft} \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 15\text{ ft} \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 5\text{ ft} \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 8\text{ ft} \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 4\text{ ft}$

Solution

By the Pythagorean triple $(7,24,25)$, the point where the ladder meets the wall is $24$ feet above the ground. When the ladder slides, it becomes $20$ feet above the ground. By the $(15,20,25)$ Pythagorean triple, The foot of the ladder is now $15$ feet from the building. Thus, it slides $15-7 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 8\text{ ft}}$.

See Also

1950 AHSC (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 31
Followed by
Problem 33
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