Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:50pm.
A survey team is trying to estimate the height of a mountain above a level plain. From one point on the plain, they observe that the angle of elevation to the top of the mountain is 24. From a point 1000 feet closer to the mountain along the plain, they find that the angle of elevation is 27.
How high (in feet) is the mountain?

trig  Reiny, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:16pm
Make a sideview sketch
you should have 2 triangles, one rightangled containing the height and a scalene triangle with angles 24° , 153° (the supplement of 27°) and 3°
the side opposite the 3° angle is 1000
by let the side opposite the 24° be x, (also the hypotenuse of the rightangled triangle)
x/sin24 = 1000/sin3
x = 1000sin24/sin3
let the height of the mountain be h
sin 27 = h/x
h = x sin27 = (1000sin24/sin3)(sin27)
= 3528.25
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