Amazon 'asks job applicants to answer "hanging cable" math problem' in their interview – can you solve it?

TECHNOLOGY companies like Amazon are known for having some of the toughest interview processes around.

An interview with Amazon will require applicants to not only answer questions, but to solve tough math and logic based problems as well, according to various reports.

A YouTube video allegedly posted by an Amazon hiring candidate outlines a math problem that candidates are supposedly asked to answer in the interview process.

Specifically, the question was reportedly asked to prospective software engineers and developers.

The question reads: "A cable of 80 meters is hanging from the top of two poles that are both 50 meters off the ground.

"What is the distance between the two poles—to one decimal point—if the center cable is: 20 meters off the ground and 10 meters off the ground."

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YouTubers claim that the question originally came from a 2010 academic paper that was published in the Atlantic Electronic Journal of Mathematics.

While the journal paper breaks down how to solve the problem in detail, there are also several solution videos on YouTube that might be easier to understand.

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