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1. A 16-foot ladder on ground level is leaning against a house. If the base of the ladder is placed 5.0 feet from the house, what is the angle formed at the top of the ladder?



A. 24°
B. 18°
C. 72°
D. 20°

please help I don't know how to do this

  • trigometry -

    It is always good to draw a picture. You have a right triangle with hypotenuse of 16. The side opposite the angle that you are looking for is 5.

    If you take the opp/hypotenuse = sine of the angle
    5/16 = sin of angle.
    You can use your calculator to find the value of the angle. This is the angle whose sine is 5/16 or .3125.

    If you have trouble figuring that out. you can take the sin of each of the angles given and see if that value equals .3125 which is 5/16.

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