Trig word problem help
The shadow of a city building is observed to be 100 m long. At the same time the shadow of a lamp post 9 m high is observed to be 5.5 m long. Find the altitude of the sun, and the height of the building.
I'm thinking that since there are no angles given, the proportionality theorem of triangles will be applied. But I have doubts. So, how do you solve this?
1. Draw a sketch. (see attachment)
Originally Posted by fayeorwhatsoever
2. Use proportions:
3. Use the Tangens function to calculate the altitude of the sun (presumeably you mean the angle of elevation above the horizon?)