Town C is 5 miles due east of town D.
Town E is 12 miles from town C at a bearing (from C) of N52E.
Two parts of the problem, I'm not sure about the second part:
1: How far apart are towns DE?
Using the law of cosines, I found that DE is 16 miles.
2: Find the bearing of two E from town D, round to nearest one-half mile.
Using the law of sines, I found that angle D is 11 degrees. If I use the NS line, and assume that D is 11 degrees of a full 90 degree angle, I can subtract 11 from 90, resulting in 79 degrees.
Am I calculating part two correctly?
Thank you!
Thanks - I do see that angle E = 27 degrees - would the bearing from D to E then be S27W?
I thought when the problem asked the bearing from town D to E, I'd need to find the angle of Town D because it's "From D to E" and the result would be N79E for bearing. Setting up word problems is always difficult for me!
Eek - I'm still not seeing it - sorry - I do have my drawing as yours is set up too -
So, to find angle E we use the law of sines I did this:
sin E / 5 = sin 142 / 16
16 sin E = 5 sin142
sin E = 5 sin142 / 16
As I'm typing this I think I see what I did - I flipped the values, using the side length 5 instead of 12. I came up with the same answers, just reversed.
Thanks Skeeter!