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A space shuttle is spotted flying at an angle of elevation of 17° when sighted from Cape Canaveral. At the moment it is sighted, it is directly overhead a ship located 12 mi from the Cape. The height of the shuttle at this moment is approximately
a)3.5
b)3.7
c)2.8
d)4.1

3.7 miles. The tangent of 17 degrees is .3057. So x over 12 = .3057 Thus x=(12)(.3057) or 3.6684 miles whch rounded off is 3.7 miles.
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