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# trig sUcKs

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its almost 12pm and i'm stuck on trig questions and also eating at the same time :(. please take a look at my questions!, i need help on this one still!

A traffic helicopter is patrolling the air. The chopper is 630m above the highway. An accident is located at an angle of depression of 27 degrees from the chopper. How far along the highway is the accident?

Jul 30, 2020

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I'll help you with this question :)

(however you should answer the other one you just posted)

We know the chopper is 630 meters above the highway, and the angle of depression is 27 degrees. We want to find how far along the highway the accident is.

Below is the diagram, where x is the length of the highway

We see that $$\tan(27^\circ) = \frac{630}{x}$$

Therefore, $$x=\frac{630}{\tan(27^\circ)}$$.

Plugging this into a calculator gives us $$\approx1236.44$$

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thanks so much for the explanation :D

it helped a lot!

BaNaNaMiLk  Jul 30, 2020