Posted by p on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 8:01am.
A plane flies in a direction of N70°E for 80 km and then on a bearing of S10°W for
150 km.
a How far is the plane from its starting point?
b What direction is the plane from its starting point?

trg  Reiny, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 8:59am
I will convert the directions to vectors using conventional angles
first leg: (80cos20° , 80sin20°)
2nd leg: (150cos260° , 150sin260°)
resultant
= (80cos20° , 80sin20°) + (150cos260° , 150sin260°)
= (49.128, 120.3596)
magnitude = √(49.128^2 + (120.3596)^2) = 130 km
direction:
tanØ = 120.3596/49.128
Ø = 67.8° or 292.2°
or
S 22.2° E

trg  Reiny, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9:09am
or
Make a sketch , let the original position be A, end of first leg B, and C the final position.
I have a triangle ABC with angle B = 60°
AB = 80 and BC = 150
by the cosine law:
AC^2 = 80^2 + 150^2  2(80)(150)cos60
= 16900
AC = √16900 = 130
by sine law:
sinA/150 = sin60/130
sinA = 150sin60/130 = .99926
angle A = 87.8°
looking at your diagram, subtracting 20° yields the same angle of 67.8° as in my first solution.
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