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A large totem pole is 142 feet tall.On a particular day at noon it casts a 246 foot shadow.what is the angle of elevation at the time round to nearst tenth of a degree. is the answer 35.3

 Mar 7, 2022
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arctan (142/246) =  29.995 ~~ 30 degrees

 Mar 8, 2022
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I think EP has given you the intended asnwer

BUT

The question doesn't really make sense.

Why mention noon?

I think it means that the angle of alevation of the sun is 30 degrees.  (the tree is just a tool for this)

If you knew what the date was you could work out the latitude of the tree with this infomration.  

 

I wonder if this question was written by somoeone who does not have English as a first language.

Or maybe it has been run through a translator at some point in time .....

 Mar 8, 2022
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the question said this so i copied and pasted lol btw my first language is english :)

Guest Mar 9, 2022
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ok, it is just a weirdly worded question.  :))

Melody  Mar 10, 2022

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