# SOLUTION: Please help me with this word problem: a glider flies 8 miles south from the airport and then 15 miles east. then it flies in a straight line back to the airport. What was the di

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Geometry Word Problems Question 245348: Please help me with this word problem: a glider flies 8 miles south from the airport and then 15 miles east. then it flies in a straight line back to the airport. What was the distance of the gliders last leg back to the airport? Found 2 solutions by unlockmath, ammuann123:Answer by unlockmath(1599)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Hello, We're dealing with a right triangle so we can apply the following formula: A^2 + B^2 = C^2 (C will be the leg back) Now we can plug in the numbers. 8^2 + 15^2 = C^2 Do the calculations will result in: 64 + 225 = c^2 Combine like terms: 289 = c^2 Square root each side will give us: c = 17 There we go. the answer is: 17 Miles Let me know if this makes sense to you. Check out my book at www.math-unlock.com RJ Toftness Answer by ammuann123(2)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!You must use pythagorean thoerem. x^2= (15)^2 + (8)^2 x^2= 289 x= Sqrt(289) x= 17 miles