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**ninjaman****Member**- Registered: 2013-10-15
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hello

i have a problem that im stuck on, the question is this

from a ship at sea, the angles of elevation of the top and bottom of a vertical lighthouse standing on the edge of a vertical cliff are 31degrees, and 26 degrees respectively. if the light house is 25m high, how high is the cliff?

so far i have h+25/tan31 = h/tan26

rearrange to, (h+25)tan26 = h tan31

im lost after this

any help would be appreciated.

thanks

simon:)

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Simon,

You've done the correct thing so far and I got this, too.

So multiply the bracket:

Move the h terms together:

Factorise the h:

And divide by the bracket ........

Bob

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**ninjaman****Member**- Registered: 2013-10-15
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hello bob

thanks for the help!

I divided by the brackets? (I think), meaning I did what was in the brackets first

(tan31-tan26) = 0.1131280305 * h = 25 tan 26

then, divided the first half by 0.1131280305 to move it over and under to get

h = 25 tan 26

0.1131280305 = 107.78332

is this correct, I have a feeling you meant something else by divide by the brackets and now im way off.

cheers

all the best

simon

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hello Simon,

That's spot on; well done!

Bob

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**ninjaman****Member**- Registered: 2013-10-15
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that's great!

thanks for your help bob!

all the best

simon:)

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