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 Earth and the shooting star.

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- Nnesha

trig ratios ?

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I was thinking to use tangent ?

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- Nnesha

\[\rm sin \rm \theta = \frac{ opposite }{ hypotenuse }~~~~ \cos \theta = \frac{ adjacent }{ hypotenuse } ~~\tan \theta = \frac{ opposite }{ adjacent }\]
thats what you need to find distance

- anonymous

you can not find the distance. you don't know the values of x and y.

- Nnesha

to find length of missing side
you should know one angle and one side

- Nnesha

the question is `how the scientist can use only these two measurements`
so we don't have to know the value of x and y

- Nnesha

so which ratio would u use to find distance between the earth and shooting star?

- anonymous

sinθ

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