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The two pole formula says this height is half the harmonic mean of the heights of the two poles. (The distance between the poles is irrelevant.) So the answer is <math>\frac1{\frac1{20}+\frac1{80}}</math>, or <math>\frac1{\frac1{16}}=\boxed{16 \textbf{ (C)}}</math>. | The two pole formula says this height is half the harmonic mean of the heights of the two poles. (The distance between the poles is irrelevant.) So the answer is <math>\frac1{\frac1{20}+\frac1{80}}</math>, or <math>\frac1{\frac1{16}}=\boxed{16 \textbf{ (C)}}</math>. | ||
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The two lines can be represented as <math>y=\frac{-x}{5}+20</math> and <math>y=\frac{4x}{5}</math>. | The two lines can be represented as <math>y=\frac{-x}{5}+20</math> and <math>y=\frac{4x}{5}</math>. | ||
Solving the system, | Solving the system, |
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Problem
If two poles and high are apart, then the height of the intersection of the lines joining the top of each pole to the foot of the opposite pole is:
Solution
The two pole formula says this height is half the harmonic mean of the heights of the two poles. (The distance between the poles is irrelevant.) So the answer is , or .
Solution 2
The two lines can be represented as and . Solving the system,
So the lines meet at an of 20.
Solving for the height they meet,
See Also
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