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1212Beginning from the same point, Caroline and Michelle face opposite directions and start walking. Caroline walks 6 meters and Michelle walks 5 meters. Caroline turns to her right and walks 3 meters. Michelle turns to her right and walks 5 meters. Michelle stops, but Caroline turns to her left and walks 4 meters, and stops. What is the distance between Caroline and Michelle after both have stopped?

A 17 meters

1212Use the information given to draw a diagram representing the situation. Starting from a center point, draw lines showing how far each person walked. Be sure to follow the appropriate direction changes. Find the total horizontal distance between them (8 meters), and the total vertical distance between them (15 meters). These distances represent the side lengths of a right triangle. Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the distance between them: