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Categories : geometry : ladder.and.box.p

A 3' * 3' packing case is placed against a wall.  A 15' ladder is
placed such that it touches the floor, the edge of the packing case and
the wall.

The question is:

How high up the wall is the ladder?


    |
  ^ |\
    | \
    |  \
    |   \ 15
  ? |    \
    |     \
    |      \
    |_______\ 
    |   3   |\
    |      3| \ 
  v |_______|__\___________________
   


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