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Find the area of the trapezoidal crosssection of the irrigation canal shown below. Your answer will be in terms of h, w, and θ.
http://www.webassign.net/hgmcalc5/15049.jpg
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Find the area of the trapezoidal crosssection of the irrigation canal shown below. Your answer will be in terms of h, w, and θ. http://www.webassign.net/hgmcalc5/15049.jpg
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NoelGrecoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
dw:1346472458903:dw Can you calculate p from some trig function of theta ("th" is theta in drawing)
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NoelGrecoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yeah, but we really need to use p temporarily. First of all do you see how I got the theta near the p?
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nohegarciaBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
its a complmentary angle? sorry im totally lost
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NoelGrecoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
No, actually, it's congruent to the theta given in the problem because alternate interior angles of transversals and parallel lines are congruent. Does that ring any bells?
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nohegarciaBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
kindof but i dont know why you would do that
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NoelGrecoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Well, if I knew an expression for p, I could say that the long base of the trapezoid was w + 2p, the other base is w, and we have h. That's all you need for the area of a trapezoid.
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NoelGrecoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Isn't \[\tan \theta = \frac{ h }{ p}\]
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nohegarciaBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yeah so what would the area be?
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