The garden roller problem (trigonometry)
The diagram below shows a simplified side view of a garden roller. The radius of the cylinder is 30 cm. The length of the handle is 130 cm. The roller is leaning against a wall with the handle at an angle of 25 degrees to the vertical the ground is horizontal.
A gardener takes the roller on to a lawn. Just as he begins to roll he notices a small scratch at the highest point of the cylinder.
(iv) Show that, when the cylinder has been pushed a distance x cm on the lawn, the height of the scratch above the ground is:
Anyone know how to get there? :confused: