Originally posted by ark13
A cowboy is 5 miles south of a stream which flows due east. He is 8 miles west and 6 miles south of his house. If he wants to allow his horse to drink from the stream, and then return to his house, how long is the shortest path he can take?
Pythagorean Theorem... a²+b²=c²
a=8 b=6 ----- (8)²+(6)²=c²
10 = c
to determine this problem, you simply, use the Pythagorean Theorem, hence when plugging in the values for the variables, you conclude with the answer, 10 miles from the cowboys house to the stream...