A shooting star forms a right triangle with the Earth and the sun 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 sun and the shooting star.

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A shooting star forms a right triangle with the Earth and the sun 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 sun and the shooting star.

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you have a right triangle the trig ratios from a right triangle are: sin A = opposite/hypotenuse cos A = adjacent/hypotenuse tan A = opposite/adjacent given angle "x" and adjacent side "y", we want to find opposite side BA thus we use the tangent ratio tan(x) = BA/y solving for unknown side BA BA = y*tan(x)
I think you could use\[\cos x=\frac{ y }{ h }\]
No tangent is wrong I pretty sure its Cosine
yeah i think you would use cosine because you have the adjacent side and you are trying to find the hyp
Yes
I dont get why its tan
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I did it said cos
yes it does say cos
Answer :- The scientist would need to use the cosine ratio in trigonometry to evaluate the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Ya I agree
so i could say Because the scientist is given the adjacent side and they want to find the hyp they would need to use cos. Cos= adj/hyp.
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