Math Extension

When Odysseus arrived at the island of Scherie he was blown off the shore back to sea by Poseidon.  As illustrated in the drawing below when he started sailing from point A to point B it was 16 miles.  But when Poseidon blew Odysseus back to sea he blew his off course by 23 degrees.  He was blown for a total of 22 miles to point B how many miles will it be for him to sail from point B from point C.  HINT: use Pythagorean Theorem (A squared + B squared + C squared).  Note: angle C is a right angle.

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