Hans is constructing an accessibility ramp for a library that should reach a height of 27cm with an angle no greater than 13 degrees
a) Find the shortest possibe length of ramp to achieve this.
b) Hans cuts a length of wood to make the ramp. He cuts it to the length calculated in part (a) but can only cut it with an accuracy to the nearest centimetre. if the actual height required by the ramp is 27.43cm, find the maximum possible percentage error between the desired 13 degrees and the actual angle of the ramp.
Here's my attepmt at part "b"
To the nearst cm.....the ramp length is 120cm
So....the angle, θ, in this case can be found as
sin θ = 27.43 / 120
To find θ use the arcsin function
arcsin ( 27.43 / 120 ) = θ ≈ 13.21°
Percentage error = [ 13.21 - 13 ] / 13 ≈ .016 = 1.6%