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A plane leaves hamilton and flies due east 75 km at the same time a second plane flies in a direction of 40degress southeast for 120 km how far apart are the planes when they reach their destination.
I say the calculation is 75^2+120^2-2(75)(120)cos40
the book says to use cos 45 is this a typo or am I missing something???

  • math -

    I agree with you,
    don't see how the angle of 45° can enter the picture.

    I can see confusion about their "direction of 40° southeast"
    - it could mean E 40° S, or
    - it could mean S 40° E to some people.
    but even with those interpretations the other angle would be 50°

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