anonymous
  • anonymous
A satellite is 16,000 miles from the horizon of the Earth. Earths radius is about 4,000 miles. Find the approximate distance the satellite is from the Earths surface
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chestercat
  • chestercat
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anonymous
  • anonymous
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anonymous
  • anonymous
a) 20,000 b) 19,790 c) 12,492 d) 16,492
anonymous
  • anonymous
@ganeshie8

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ganeshie8
  • ganeshie8
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ganeshie8
  • ganeshie8
Let \(BC=x\) use pythagorean theorem
ganeshie8
  • ganeshie8
\[(x+4000)^2=16000^2+4000^2\] solve \(x\)
campbell_st
  • campbell_st
why not just find BO using pythagoras and then subtract 4000... saves on the quadratic
ganeshie8
  • ganeshie8
wow! thats a better idea but looks my equation is wrong, im getting a weird number
campbell_st
  • campbell_st
lol... and I hope @rhi.hubach recognizes that the tangent and radius intersect at right angles and BO is a hypotenuse...

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