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I really need help solving the following geomtry problem if anyone can help me. It goes like this: Jake is standing on the ground by a mesa in the desert. He is 1.8 meters tall and sights the top of the mesa at 29 degrees. Jake steps back 100 meters and sights the top at 25 degrees. How tall is the mesa? We have been using sine, cosine, and tangent but when I draw out my picture, I seem not to have enough information to use them (no complete side). Am I reading this problem wrong?

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tan(25) = h/(100+d)
tan(29) = h/d

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d = h/tan(29)
tan(25) = h/(100 +(h/tan(29)))

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tan(25) = h/(100tan(29)+h)/tan(29))
tan(25) = tan(29)h / 100tan(29) +h

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tan(25) (100tan(29)+h) = tan(29)h

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100tan(25)tan(29) + tan(25)h = tan(29)h
100tan(25)tan(29) = tan(29)h - tan(25)h
100tan(25)tan(29) = h(tan(29) - tan(25))
100tan(25)tan(29)
--------------- = h.....and add the 1.8
tan(29) - tan(25)

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You are awesome! Many thanks amistre 64. I get it. substitution! Many thanks!

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youre welcome :)

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