here's the pic I made... (find H)
now, I'm confused on how to set it up, should it be
or
(b = base)
or neither?
please tell me which set-up it is and why, i can't get it
Both are correct, except that you should use parentheses for the denominators so that
h/ 5+x would appear h / (5+x)
h / b -5 would appear h /(b-5)
Nothing to be confused about.
tan is opposite side / adjacent side .......that's it.
No matter how you come up with the measurements of the sides, as long as you carefully follow tan = opp/adj, then you're okay.
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EDIT:
Opsss, I'm wrong!
After reading masters' reply (which is correct), I am wrong with mine.
tan(32 deg) cannot be h /(5 +x) nor h /(b -5)....because h is not the opposite side of 32 degrees.
Must be that I just woke up.
Still, I shouldn't have missed that tan(32 deg)....
Sometimes, though, I like being wrong. :-)