Inverse Functions

A surveyor is standing 550 feet from the base of a redwood tree in the California Redwood Forest. The tree is 362 feet tall. Sketch a drawing that models the situation and then find the angle of elevation of the top of the tree from the spot where the surveyor is standing.

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  1. ThetaElevation= arcTan(362/550)

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  2. Using a scientific calculator or graphing calculator to find the inverse tangent of the ratio. Round to the nearest degree.

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    a.
    36°
    b.
    54°
    c.
    46°
    d.
    44°

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