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Too Tall Thomas has put Rodney’s book bag on the snack-shack roof. Rodney goes to borrow a ladder from the school custodian. The tallest ladder available is feet long and the roof is feet from the ground. Rodney places the ladder’s tip at the edge of the roof. The ladder is unsafe if the angle it makes with the ground is more than . Is this a safe situation? Justify your conclusion.

Draw a right triangle where the wall and the ground are legs and the ladder is the hypotenuse.
Use a trigonometric ratio to find the angle between the ladder and the ground.