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tillymc Area of right triangle with hypotenuse H is
A=(1/4)H^2sin(2theta)
where theta is one of the acute angles.
Use differentials to estimate the relative errors of the area A if H=4cm and theta is measured to be 30 degrees with an error of measurement of 15 minutes of arc.
note: a minute of arc, 1' is approximately equal to (1/60) of a degree.
I'm not quite sure what a measurement of arc is and whether i'm supposed to find the derivative or what? Im so lost, thanks in advance.