A shooting star forms a right triangle with the Earth and the Sun, as shown below: A right triangle is shown with the vertices labeled Earth, Sun, and Shooting Star. The angle formed by the Sun is labeled x degrees and the side between the Earth and the Shooting Star is labeled y. A scientist measures the angle x and the distance y between the Earth and the shooting star. 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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A shooting star forms a right triangle with the Earth and the Sun, as shown below: A right triangle is shown with the vertices labeled Earth, Sun, and Shooting Star. The angle formed by the Sun is labeled x degrees and the side between the Earth and the Shooting Star is labeled y. A scientist measures the angle x and the distance y between the Earth and the shooting star. 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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Let's call the line you're trying to find Z. Do you know which trig function (sin, cos, or tan) you would use to find z? |dw:1440270807138:dw|

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SOHCAHTOA and z is the adjacent and we're also given the opposite so tangent?
right. That's basically all you need to write, that you'd use tangent to find it
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