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# In x-y plane, there is a right triangle ABC (∠B=90o). If the length o

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In x-y plane, there is a right triangle ABC (∠B=90o). If the length of AC is 50 and the slope of line segment AC is 4/3, what is the length of AB?
A. 12
B. 18
C. 24
D. 28
E. 40

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