anonymous
  • anonymous
A boy flying a kite has released 250 ft of string. If he ties the string to a stake in the ground and measure the angle of elevation to be 53 degrees, how high is the kite?
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anonymous
  • anonymous
You construct a triangle with a hypotenuse of 250 and you know that sin(53) = opposite side/hypotenuse and the opposite side happens to be the elevation, so x~199.659
anonymous
  • anonymous
Okay I understand how you got that but where do we put the 53 degrees?
cwrw238
  • cwrw238
sin 53 = x / 250 where x is the elevation so x = 250 * sin 53 = 199.659

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anonymous
  • anonymous
Okay thank you now how would i draw the triangle? like this?
anonymous
  • anonymous
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anonymous
  • anonymous
53 is at the wrong place.
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay where should it be? the top?
anonymous
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