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 moon. Using complete sentences, explain how the scientist can use only these two measurements to calculate the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
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well you can use a trig ratio... which one would you choose
MissSunshine - y = Earth Moon distance
oh ok well wouldnt i use the equation sin(x) = d/y
y= Distance between earth and moon
Secant x= Distance between moon and sun/y
y*secant x= distance between moon and sun
Plug it in; show us your explanation @Moo_Moo17
in the triangle shown y is the opposite side to angle x
and the distance earth to sun is the adjacent side
so you have the opposite side, need to find the adjacent side using an angle x
I wouldn't use secant
This is the last sentence from my previous answer
tangent (x degrees) = Earth Moon Distance / Earth Sun Distance
So, if you can solve for Earth Sun Distance, that should be the last step in your answer.
So, what is the Earth Sun distance?