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# A spotlight on the ceiling is 5 feet from one wall of a room and 10

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A spotlight on the ceiling is 5 feet from one wall of a room and 10 feet from the wall at right angles to it. How many feet is it from the intersection of the two walls?

(A) 15

(B) $$5\sqrt{2}$$

(C) $$5\sqrt{5}$$

(D) $$10\sqrt{2}$$

(E) $$10\sqrt{5}$$

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08 Mar 2018, 01:21
Bunuel wrote:
A spotlight on the ceiling is 5 feet from one wall of a room and 10 feet from the wall at right angles to it. How many feet is it from the intersection of the two walls?

(A) 15

(B) $$5\sqrt{2}$$

(C) $$5\sqrt{5}$$

(D) $$10\sqrt{2}$$

(E) $$10\sqrt{5}$$

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Since the spotlight is 5 feet from one wall and 10 feet from another wall,
which is at right angles, the distance from the intersection of the two walls
can be calculated using the Pythogoras theorem

$$x^2 = 5^2 + 10^2$$
$$x^2 = 25 + 100 = 125$$
x = $$\sqrt{125} = 5\sqrt{5}$$

Therefore, the distance between the intersection of the walls and the spotlight is $$5\sqrt{5}$$ (Option C)
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Bunuel wrote:
A spotlight on the ceiling is 5 feet from one wall of a room and 10 feet from the wall at right angles to it. How many feet is it from the intersection of the two walls?

(A) 15

(B) $$5\sqrt{2}$$

(C) $$5\sqrt{5}$$

(D) $$10\sqrt{2}$$

(E) $$10\sqrt{5}$$

We can use the Pythagorean theorem, where c is the distance of the spotlight from the intersection of the two walls, and create the following equation:

5^2 + 10^2 = c^2

25 + 100 = c^2

125 = c^2

c = √125 = √25 x √5 = 5√5

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