Help with a problem

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg5401] Help with a problem*From*: dbortz at students.uiuc.edu (david aaron bortz)*Date*: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 14:50:34 -0500*Organization*: University of Illinois at Urbana*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I have to solve this problem for a calc&mathematica class in school, and being mathematically inept, have no idea where to start. (It must be solved using mathematica). Anyone have some ideas as to where to start? If two corridors intersect at a corner of a building, one of width 9 ft, one of width 5 ft, what is the length of the longest pole that can be moved around the corner, assuming the pole is unbending? what if the pole can bend a certain # of degrees? diagram: ______________________ | ^ | | | 9 ft | | | _V_______________ | | |5 ft| | | if you could carbon copy any responses to my email box (dbortz at uiuc.edu) it would be much apprecitated. -- ))----------------------------------------------------------------(( )) Dave Bortz "Between thought and expression (( )) University of Illinois lies a lifetime" (( )) (Urbana-Champaign Campus) (( )) E-Mail: dbortz at uiuc.edu -Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground (( )) (( )) [My views are not endorsed by CCSO or University of Illinois.] (( ))----------------------------------------------------------------((