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An observer on a cliff 1000 dm above sea level sights two ships due east. the angles of depression of the ships are 44o and 32o. Find the distance between the ships.

Trigonometry 
Steve,
draw a diagram. If the near ship is at distance x from shore, and the ships are d apart, then
x = 1000 cot44°
x+d = 1000 cot32°
so, d = 1000(cot32° cot44°)