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Snapped Pole

Problem

A vertical pole $AB$ measuring $5$ metres snaps at point $C$. The pole remains in contact at $C$ and the top of the pole touches the ground at point $T$, a distance of $3$ metres from $A$.

Find the length $AC$, the point where the pole snapped.

Problem ID: 362 (28 Oct 2009)     Difficulty: 2 Star

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