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    Unit Circle Word Problem

    This is reaally long. But I need help. I need the most help with word problems!!

    Domingo decides to ride the ferris wheel at the carnival. When he gets into a seat that is at the bottom of the ferris wheel, he is 4 ft above the ground.

    a. if the radius of the ferris wheel is 36 feet, how far above the ground will Domingo be when his seat reaches the top?

    b. the ferris wheel rotates 300 degrees counterclockwise and stops to let other passengers on the ride. How far is Domingo when he stops?

    c. suppose the radius of the ferris wheel is only 30 ft how far above the ground is Domingo after the ferris wheel rotates 300 degrees

    d. suppose the radius of the ferris wheel is r. write an expression for the distance from the ground to Domingo after the ferris wheel rotates 300 degrees.

    please help me do this , step by step would be nice.

    thanks in advance!!
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    Hello, topaz192!

    Domingo decides to ride the ferris wheel at the carnival.
    When he gets into a seat at the bottom of the ferris wheel, he is 4 ft above the ground.

    a) If the radius of the ferris wheel is 36 feet,
    how far above the ground will Domingo be when his seat reaches the top?
    You really can't figure this out ??

    The wheel has a radius of 36 feet -- a diameter of 72 feet.

    He starts 4 feet above the ground.
    . . At the top, he has risen 72 feet more.

    Therefore . . .



    b) The ferris wheel rotates 300 CCW and stops.
    How far above the ground is Domingo when it stops?
    Code:
                  * * *
              *           *
            *               *
           *                 *
    
          *         O         *
          *         o         *
          *   36  * |         *
                *60|
           *  *     |B       *
           Ao - - - o - - - *
              *     |     *
                  * o *
                   C|
                    |4
                    |
        - - - - - - o - - - - - -
                    D

    The center of the ferris wheel is O.
    It radius is: OA = 36 feet. . OD = 40 feet.
    Angle AOB = 60
    BD\:=\:40 - OB is Domingo's height above the ground.

    Triangle OBA is a 30-60 right triangle.
    . . Hence: . OB \:= \:\frac{\text{radius}}{2} \:=\:18 feet.

    Therefore, his height is: . BD \:=\:40 - 18 \:=\:22 feet.




    c) Suppose the radius of the ferris wheel is only 30 ft.
    How far above the ground is Domingo after the ferris wheel rotates 300 ?
    If the radius is 30, then: . OD\:=\:34
    BD \:=\:34 - OB

    OB \:=\:\frac{30}{2} \:=\:15 feet.

    Therefore, his height is: . BD \:=\:34 - 15 \:=\:19 feet.




    d) Suppose the radius of the ferris wheel is R feet.
    Write an expression for Domingo's height after the ferris wheel rotates 300.
    We have: . OD \:=\:R + 4 feet.

    OB \:=\:\frac{R}{2} feet.

    Therefore, his height is: . BD \;=\;(R + 4) - \frac{R}{2} \;=\;\frac{R}{2} + 4 feet.

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    im slowly readin this, lol, where did 40 and 60 come from?
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