math
posted by Chris on .
the statue of liberty is 150 feet tall, and stands on a 150 foot pedestal. How far from the base should you stand to have the statue subtend the largest possible angle at your camera lens, assuming the camera is held 5 feet off the ground and the ground is flat?

Before I type out a rather lengthy solution, does your book have an answer of x = 206.8 feet ?

Hi, this is a worksheet problem so i do not have the answer to it. It came with a pic though. Here is the link. Thanks.
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nice, I had appr. the same figure,
let's call the other angle b
then tanb = 145/x
tan(Ø+b) = 295/x
we know tan(Ø+b  b) = (tan(Ø+b)  tanb)/(1 + tan(Ø+b)tanb)
tanØ = (295/x  145/x) / ( 1 + (295/x)(145/x))
= (150/x) / (x^2 + 42775)/x2)
= 150x/(x^2 + 42775)
sec^2Ø dØ/dx = [ (x^2+42775)(150  2x(150x) ]/(x^2 + 42775)^2
= 0 for a max/min of Ø
[ (x^2+42775)(150  2x(150x) ]/(x^2 + 42775)^2 = 0
(x^2+42775)(150  2x(150x) = 0
150x^2 + 6416250  300x^2 = 0
x^2 = 42775
x = 206.8
then tanØ = (150(206.8)) / (206.3^2 + 42775)
tan Ø = .362632
Ø = 19.9° or 3479 radians