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    angle of flight

    I took off from an airport at an angle of 18 (nearest degree). At a horizontal distance of 1000m (3sf) away from where I take off there is a range of hills 300m (nearest 10m) high. If I maintain an angle of 18 show weather I will clear the range.

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    Just to clarify, is the question basically asking will a plane taking off at an angle of 18degrees above the horizon make it over mountains 300m high that are 1000m away?

    If so.

    Find the minimum angle (theta) for which the plane flys over.
    So tan(theta) = opposite / adjacent = 300 / 1000
    (theta) = arctan (300/1000) = 16.7 degrees.

    Since the minimum angle to fly over the mountain is 16.7 degrees, and the plane flys at an angle of 18 degrees.
    Therefore it will clear it.
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    Hello, 0110kim!

    I took off from an airport at an angle of 18 (nearest degree).
    At a horizontal distance of 1000 m away from where I take off
    there is a range of hills 300 m high.
    If I maintain an angle of 18, show whether I will clear the range.

    There are a number of ways to answer this question.
    Code:
                                  * B
                              *   |
                          *       |
                      *           | 300
                  *               |
              * θ                 |
          * - - - - - - - - - - - *
          A          1000         C

    The 300-m hill is 1000 m away.
    What angle \theta is needed to clear the hill?

    We have: . \tan\theta \:=\:\frac{300}{1000} \:=\:0.3

    Hence: . \theta \:=\:\arctan(0.3) \:\approx\:16.699^o

    Therefore, any angle \theta > 17^o will clear the range.





    Code:
                                  * B
                              *   :
                          *       :
                      *           : h
                  *               :
              * 18               :
          * - - - - - - - - - - - *
          A          1000         C

    The plane takes off at 18
    How high will it be 1000 m away?

    We have: . \tan18^o \:=\:\frac{h}{1000} \quad\Rightarrow\quad h \:=\:1000\tan18^o \:\approx\:325

    The plane will be 325 m high; it will clear the range.


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    thank you

    Thank you so much...
    Last edited by topsquark; September 8th 2008 at 03:22 PM.
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