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    Roof Structure Question find lengths


    Find the rise of BD?
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    I give you a hint.

    The area of Triangle ABD = area ABC +area BCD

    Now, call BD=h, the height.

    Then you can find,
    CD=\sqrt{4700^2-h^2}

    Thus,
    area ABD= (1/2)h(3300 +\sqrt{4700^2-h^2})

    area ABC can be computed by Heron's Formula

    area BCD= (1/2)h\sqrt{4700^2-h^2}

    You have an equation to solve for!
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    Hello, Zak!

    In \Delta ABC, use the Law of Cosines to find \angle ACB.

    \cos(\angle ACB)\:=\:\frac{3300^2 + 4700^2 - 7000^2}{2(3300)(4700)}\:=\:-0.516441006

    Hence: . \angle ACB \:\approx\:121.1^o

    Then: . \angle BCD\:=\:180^o - 121.1^o \:=\:58.9^o


    In right triangle BDC\!:\;\;\sin 58.9^o \:=\:\frac{BD}{4700}

    Therefore: . BD \:=\:4700\sin58.9^o \:=\:4024.717024 \:\approx\:4025

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    Hello, Zak!

    An alternate approach . . .

    In \Delta ABC, use the Law of Cosines to find angle A.

    \cos A\:=\:\frac{7000^2 + 3300^2 - 4700^2}{2(7000)(3300)} \:=\:0.8181818181

    . . Hence: . A \:\approx\:35.1^o

    In right triangle BDA\!:\;\sin 35.1^o \:= \:\frac{BD}{7000}\quad\Rightarrow\quad BD \:=\:7000\sin35.1^o \:=\:4025.036764

    . . Therefore: . BD \:\approx\:4025

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