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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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A vertical tower stands on a horizontal plane and is surmounted by a flagstaff of height 7 m. At a point on the plane, the angle of elevation of the bottom of the flagstaff is 36° and that of the top of the flagstaff is 45° .Find the height of the tower.

P.S:-I constructed a diagram but I am not able to deal with 36° without using trigonometric table. Pls. help.

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I think using a table is okay in this case

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

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

I'm sure tables (or maybe a calculator) is acceptable here. Trying to get a value for tan 36 without, is going to be a tough one.

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We can do the nested use of this formula

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi niharika_kumar,

Perhaps the simplest method is to use De Moivre's formula, taking x= pi/5

Expand LHS and equate the imaginary parts

We can then easily solve it as a quadratic, putting y=sin(x)^2:

Hence,

and

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

The polynomial for cos(x/5) has a neat factorization so it is very easy.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Yes, that's also good.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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thanks

got it now.

will do some more study on De Moivre's formula.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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You're welcome.

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