Pythagorean theorem word problems

Solve real-world problems that can be modeled by right triangles, using the Pythagorean Theorem!


A flagpole broke in a storm. 7 meters are still sticking straight out of the ground, where it snapped, but the remaining piece has hinged over and touches the ground at a point 24 meters away horizontally.
How tall was the flagpole before it broke?
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4