Charlie is watching hot air balloons. Balloon A has risen at a 50° angle. Balloon B has risen at a 78° angle. If the distance from balloon A to the ground is 1,000 feet, how far is balloon B from balloon A? Round your answer to the nearest whole number.
Note that the balloons are at the smae height
Using the tan the distance from Charlie to the point directly below balloon A is given by
1000 / tan (50°)
And similalrly.....the distance from Charlie to the point directly under balloon B is given by
1000 / tan (78°)
So....the distace between the balloons is just the sum of these =
1000 (1/tan 50° + 1/tan 78° ) ≈ 1051.7 ft