From the top of Mt. Washington, which is 6288 feet above sea level, how far is it to the horizon? Assume that the Earth has a 3960-mile radius(one mile is 5280 feet) and give your answer to the nearest mile.

Hmm...I was trying to use trig..

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- September 12th 2011, 09:44 PMVeronica1999distance to the horizon
From the top of Mt. Washington, which is 6288 feet above sea level, how far is it to the horizon? Assume that the Earth has a 3960-mile radius(one mile is 5280 feet) and give your answer to the nearest mile.

Hmm...I was trying to use trig.. - September 13th 2011, 01:10 AMSironRe: distance to the horizon
Yes, but it can be useful to make a drawing. Did you do that?

- September 13th 2011, 06:00 AMCaptainBlackRe: distance to the horizon
... but then there is refraction. The geometric horizon is not the circle where the sky and earth meet.

CB - September 13th 2011, 08:20 AMVeronica1999Re: distance to the horizon
I got an answer. 97miles.

Please see attached drawing.

I think I got the wrong answer. - September 13th 2011, 03:20 PMCaptainBlackRe: distance to the horizon