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    As shown in the diagram, a cottage is located at C on an island in the lake, and a marine is located at B. If the distance from A to D is 10.0 km, and <ABC = <CAB = 28˚, find the distance from B to C.

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    Hello, Ph4m!

    As shown in the diagram, a cottage is located at C on an island in the lake,
    and a marine is located at B.
    If the distance AD = 10.0 km, and <ABC = <CAB = 28, find distance BC.
    Code:
                                  A
                                  *
                               * **
                            *   * *
                         * 28 *  *
                      *       *   * 10.0 km
                   *         *x   *
                *           *     *
             * 28    124 * 56  *
          * * * * * * * * * * * * *
          B       x       C       D
    Let x = BC.

    Since \angle ABC = \angle CAB = 28^o, triangle ABC is isosceles.
    Hence: . AC = BC = x.
    Since \angle ACB \:= \:180^o - 28^o - 28^o \:=\:124^o, then: . \angle ACD = 56^o

    In right triangle ADC, we have: . \sin56^o \:=\:\frac{10}{x}\quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\:\frac{10}{\sin56^o} \:=\:12.06217949

    Therefore: . BC \:\approx\:12.1 km.

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