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Casting Shadows

In the late afternoon, a person who is 6 feet tall casts a shadow 15 feet long. If the top of their shadow is at the same point on the ground as the top of the shadow of a 50 foot tree, how far is the man from standing from the base of the tree?

(Source: Adapted from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Sep1995)

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