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posted by Anonymous
The angle of elevation from a point on the ground to the top of a tree is 39.8 degrees. The angle of elevation from a point 51.7 ft farther back to the top of the tree is 19.7 degrees. Help find the height of the tree.

Steve
well, you know that
h/x = tan 39.8°
h/(x+51.7) = tan 19.7°
Now eliminate x and solve for h:
h/tan39.8° = h/tan19.7°  51.7
1.2h = 2.8h  51.7
h = 32.3
check my math, but that's the method to my madness.
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