anonymous
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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 Earth and the shooting star.
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anonymous
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Nnesha
  • Nnesha
trig ratios ?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I was thinking to use tangent ?

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Nnesha
  • 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
  • anonymous
you can not find the distance. you don't know the values of x and y.
Nnesha
  • Nnesha
to find length of missing side you should know one angle and one side
Nnesha
  • 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
  • Nnesha
so which ratio would u use to find distance between the earth and shooting star?
anonymous
  • anonymous
sinθ
Nnesha
  • Nnesha
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