Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Measurement - 9.1 Measuring Length; The Metric System - Exercise Set 9.1: 81

Answer

Mount Everest is taller by 239 meters.

Work Step by Step

We can convert the height of Mount Everest from units of feet to units of centimeters. $29,035~ft = \frac{29,035~ft}{1}\times \frac{12~in}{1~ft} \times \frac{2.54~cm}{1~in} = 885000~cm$ Since 1 m = 100 cm, we need to move the decimal place 2 places to the left to convert from units of cm to units of m. $885000~cm = 8850~m$ Mount Everest has a height of 8850 m. K2 has a height of 8611 m. Mount Everest is taller by 239 meters.
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