A person on a bridge sights a boat at an angle of depression of 6 degrees. The bridge is 96 feet above the water. What is the distance between the person and the boat?

Guest Feb 1, 2018

We have a right triangle with an opposite side of 96......the hypotenuse is the distance we want


So....the sine function is what we need


So we have


sin (6°)  =  96 / D       rearrange as


D  =   96 / sin (6°)  ≈  918.4 ft



cool cool cool

CPhill  Feb 1, 2018

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