A woman walks by a pond, and sees a beautiful flower growing on a stem in the middle of the pond. She finds a 5 foot stick by the pond, which just allows her to reach the flower and drag to the edge, where the flower just touches the water. She then picks the flower with 1 foot of the stem attached, and lets the rest float back to the centre of the pond. She notes that the freshly cut stem now just barely crests the top of the water.

Originally posted by PBE6 A woman walks by a pond, and sees a beautiful flower growing on a stem in the middle of the pond. She finds a 5 foot stick by the pond, which just allows her to reach the flower and drag to the edge, where the flower just touches the water. She then picks the flower with 1 foot of the stem attached, and lets the rest float back to the centre of the pond. She ...[text shortened]... that the freshly cut stem now just barely crests the top of the water.

Nope, but I should clarify the wording in the problem.

The distance from the edge of the pond to the flower is 5 feet, and the flower sticks out 1 foot above the surface of the water before being cut. You can assume that the flower stem is taught and remains a straight line from the flower to the centre-bottom of the pond at all times.

Originally posted by PBE6 Nope, but I should clarify the wording in the problem.

The distance from the edge of the pond to the flower is 5 feet, and the flower sticks out 1 foot above the surface of the water before being cut. You can assume that the flower stem is taught and remains a straight line from the flower to the centre-bottom of the pond at all times.

Originally posted by eldragonfly Wrong, unless this is another trick question. One is only given that a flower with a 1 foot stem is growing out of the water, and is removed.

No, the stem reaches to the bottom of the pond. Only one foot extends above the water.