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An engineer determines that the angle of elevation from his position to the top of a tower is 55 degrees. The angle of elevation from 75 ft further away is 40 degrees. Determine the height of the tower to the nearest whole number.
Let X be the horizontal distance from which the 55 degree elevation angle was measured.
H/X = tan 55
H/(X + 75) = tan 40
Solve those two equations for H and X.
(X+75)/X = tan 55/ tan 40 = 1.702
1 + 75/X = 1.702
75/X = 0.702
X = 106.8 m
H = 106.8 tan 55 = 153 ft (rounded to nearest integer foot)
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