I know there are several definitions for bearings but in this case...

N = 0 degrees

E = 90 degrees

S = 180 degrees

W = 270 degrees

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- November 6th 2005, 09:23 PM #1

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## Trigonome-FUN... Come one, come all.

I've got a question that is probably not to difficult accomplish, I just can't think out of the box anymore. I'll list below this first question what I've done so far.

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This is like the preceding problem, except that the numbers are a little different. A ship is moving due west at 5 knots. You are in a speed boat at a distance of 7 nautical miles from the ship. Your bearing as seen from the ship is 102 degrees. You need to catch up with the ship. So you take off at a speed of 17 knots and a bearing of __________(a) degrees, and you reach the ship in ___________(b) minutes. Enter your answers as decimal expression with at least four digits, or enter mathematical expressions.

ANS:

(a) 278.7676399

t=time or rather the knotts variable

5t+7cos(12)

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17t.\..........| 7sin(12)

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(*Yeah it's a crappy ASCII triangle, but I was going for understanding here...)

thus

(5t+7cos(12))^2+(7sin(12))^2=17t^2

or

264t^2-70tcos12-49=0

Through that into the quadratic

-bħsqrt(b^2-4(a)(c))/ 2(a) and you'll get t. Of which, I got the following answer.

t = 0.1524276704

Which is in hours, and I need it in minutes... So I calculate t(60) and get the following. 9.145660224 minutes, which doesn't work when I enter it in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- November 6th 2005, 09:28 PM #2

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