Posted by **Pam** on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:36pm.

There is an airplane at an altitude of 12000 ft. The angle of depression is 1 degree. How far on the ground is the plane.

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**Reiny**, Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:43pm
Did you make a sketch?

if so , you will see that

tan 1° = 12000/x , where x is the distance along the ground

x = 12000/tan 1° = .....

"How far on the ground is the plane ? " sounds like a very strange question.

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