1. ## Trigonometric Trianle

what is the value of X when Q is the biggest?

2. What is Q?
(You cetainly do not mean the Q continuum).

3. Originally Posted by camherokid
what is the value of X when Q is the biggest?
Hello,

I assume that you want to know for which value of x has the angle $\theta$ a maximum.

$\theta(x)=\arctan\left(\frac{420}{x}\right)-\arctan\left(\frac{380}{x}\right)$

You'll get an extremum if the first derivative of this function equals zero:

$\theta'(x)=\frac{1}{1+\left(\frac{420}{x} \right)^2}\cdot \left(\frac{-420}{x}\right)-\frac{1}{1+\left(\frac{380}{x} \right)^2}\cdot \left(\frac{-380}{x}\right)$

After a few and simple transformations you'll get:

$\theta'(x)=\frac{40·(159600 - x^2)}{(x^2 + 144400)·(x^2 + 176400)}$

That means: $\theta'(x)=0\text{ if }159600 - x^2=0$. Solve for x. I've got:
$x= 399.4996... \approx399.5$

There is of course a negative solution of x but thisvalue isn't very realistic with your problem.

EB

4. Thanks you Earboth...for the solution.
I knew how to get to the Tan formula...
but I just did not what to do with it.
$\theta$ is the angle...but I wrote Q. I don't know
where I can find that sign.

Great Job...!

5. Originally Posted by camherokid
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$\theta$ is the angle...but I wrote Q. I don't know
where I can find that sign.
Hello,

maybe this will help a little bit further: In this forum you can find a link to the LaTeX-tutorial.