Posted by Rene on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 2:26pm.
Suppose that a person with a reach of 27 inches and a shoulder height of 5 feet is standing upright on a mountainside that makes a 62 degrees angle with the horizontal..Can the person touch the mountain?

MATH!!!  Reiny, Monday, March 2, 2009 at 3:02pm
still trying to figure out how you can "stand" on a mountainside that makes an angle of 62º with the horizontal.
If so, then the persons legs would make an angle of 28º with the side of the mountain.
5 feet = 60 inches
so are you asking
is x < 27 , if x/60 = tan 28 ?
I get x = 31.9
so what do you think? 
MATH!!!  Mz. Suzie, Monday, March 2, 2009 at 3:17pm
i was saying the person cant touch the mountain because this is just impossible regardless of the math one does...but i don't why it is impossible

MATH!!!  Rene, Monday, March 2, 2009 at 3:35pm
but that is what im trying to find out..why its is impossible?

MATH!!!  Reiny, Monday, March 2, 2009 at 3:52pm
my math showed that it is not possible
from her shoulder to the mountainside is 31.9 inches, her reach is only 27 inches.