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The pilot of an aircraft flying horizontally at a speed of 1200 Km/hr observes an angle of depression of a point on the ground changes from 30 degree to 45 degree in 15 seconds. Find the height of the aircraft at which it is flying?

  • maths --plse help me.. - , Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:46am

    at 1200km/hr, the plane travels

    1200km/hr * 15sec * hr/3600sec = 5km

    If the height of the plane is h, and the horizontal distance of the plane from the point on the ground after the 2nd observation is x,

    h/x = tan 45° = 1
    h/(x+5) = tan 30° = 1/√3

    h=x, so,
    h/(h+5) = 1/√3
    h = 5/(√3-1) = 6.83 km

  • maths --plse help me.. - , Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 11:53am

    6.83

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