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Old 07-31-2007   #3
mdavidroth
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I don't really see any calculus in this problem, it's more just geometry.25000 miles + 3 feet = 132,000,003 feet25000 miles = 132,000,000 feetThe radius of the earth is 132,000,000 ft / (2pi)= 21,008,452.488 ftThe radius of the wire is...132,000,003 / (2pi)=21,008,452.966Subtract one from the other leaves0.477 ft. (about 6 inches)ANSWER:That's about 6 inches above the ground. I suppose a chicken could either go under or over the wire if it felt like it. I'm no chicken expert.If the wire were electricuted, then we could have BBQ chicken! (I guess I should go eat dinner, huh.)
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