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# BS SAT question

 Posts: 11,196 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 12:18:04 PMPosted: 7 years agoA 50-foot wire runs from the roof of a building to the top of a 10-foot pole 14 feet across the street. How much taller would the pole have to be if the street were 16 feet wider and the wire remained the same length?First of all, this is mathematically impossible...a right triangle cannot have 10, 14, and 50 ft dimensions. So I looked up the question (it's actually quite popular for pissing people off). So when people answered the question, they ignored the fact that the question claims that the pole is 10 ft long....instead they figured out what the length of the pole must be, given the 14 ft and 50 ft dimensions --> that became 48 ft. Then they did the same thing for 16 ft and 50 ft dimensions --> which became 40 ft. So the pole must be 8 ft longer. That's also the answer in the book.My problem is that this question is A LIE. They give you no information about whether the pole is suspended in the air or not or how tall the house is, they just leave you to assume that it is 10 ft from the ground up. There is no possible way to solve it in the way it was presented. It doesn't qualify as tricky, it qualifies as dishonest. Please tell me I'm not just missing something, this question is criminal isn't it?"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
 Posts: 11,196 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 12:23:34 PMPosted: 7 years agoAt 9/30/2012 12:18:04 PM, 000ike wrote:Then they did the same thing for 30 ft and 50 ft dimensions --> which became 40 ft.fixed"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
 Posts: 16,992 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 12:28:16 PMPosted: 7 years agoIt's easy. Use Pythagora's theorem.
 Posts: 11,196 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 12:31:51 PMPosted: 7 years agoactually nevermind this thread, I get it now. The pole IS 10 ft, but, that's not included in the 3rd length of the right triangle, the 3rd length is actually the distance from the top of the pole to the roof of the house...and the pole is incidentally shorter than the house...I kept assuming it had to be longer."A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
 Posts: 6,691 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 2:46:18 PMPosted: 7 years agoLet's contemplate and rework the scenario before getting up and raging and ranting about a "BS SAT question" (lol). :P
 Posts: 11,196 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 2:51:07 PMPosted: 7 years agoAt 9/30/2012 2:46:18 PM, Man-is-good wrote:Let's contemplate and rework the scenario before getting up and raging and ranting about a "BS SAT question" (lol). :Pshut the fvck up."A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
 Posts: 6,691 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 3:00:18 PMPosted: 7 years agoAt 9/30/2012 2:51:07 PM, 000ike wrote:At 9/30/2012 2:46:18 PM, Man-is-good wrote:Let's contemplate and rework the scenario before getting up and raging and ranting about a "BS SAT question" (lol). :Pshut the fvck up.However, I wont' fault you, since the question was slightly vague and there was a plurality of scenarios to consider before getting the correct answer.
 Posts: 21,953 Add as FriendChallenge to a DebateSend a Message 9/30/2012 4:02:09 PMPosted: 7 years agohttp://kongming.net...I always think of "dying man"...The extinction of the species is worse than the extinction of the nation, which is worse than the extinction of the tribe, which is worse than the extinction of the family, which is worse than the extinction of the individual. The second he reverses that list of priorities, he becomes a coward, and would be summarily disposed of by any civilized society that values its own survival.