Got Homework?
Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
twopack98
Group Title
The moon forms a right triangle with the Earth and the sun during one of its phases, as shown below.
A scientist measures the angle x and the distance y between the Earth and the sun. Using complete sentences, explain how the scientist can use only these two measurements to calculate the distance between the moon and the sun.
 6 months ago
 6 months ago
twopack98 Group Title
The moon forms a right triangle with the Earth and the sun during one of its phases, as shown below. A scientist measures the angle x and the distance y between the Earth and the sun. Using complete sentences, explain how the scientist can use only these two measurements to calculate the distance between the moon and the sun.
 6 months ago
 6 months ago

This Question is Closed

twopack98 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
dw:1394916038880:dw
 6 months ago

nickersia Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
dw:1394916191485:dw
 6 months ago

nickersia Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Is that helpful enough, or you want me to explain more?
 6 months ago

twopack98 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Please explain more
 6 months ago

twopack98 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Never mind I worked it out
 6 months ago

twopack98 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
But, thank you for the help
 6 months ago

nickersia Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Angles in every triangle always add up to 180 degrees. So you have 2 angles out of 3, which means you can get the third one. Let's call it m, so m=18090x Now sine rule: \[\frac{ a }{ \sin A }=\frac{ b }{ \sin B }=\frac{ c }{ \sin C }\] Small letters are always used for the sides, and capitals for the angles. Which means \[\frac{ y }{ \sin m } = \frac{ distance \between earth and sun }{ \sin 90 }\]
 6 months ago
See more questions >>>
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.