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    The directions for assembling the pool state that the ladder should be placed at an angle of 75 degree relative to level ground. Which of the following expressions involving tangent gives the distance, in feet, that the bottom of the ladder should be placed away from the bottom edge of the pool in order to comply with the directions?

    75 is in terms of degrees

    (a) \frac{6}{tan (75)}, (b) \frac{tan (75)}{6}, (c) \frac{1}{6 \times tan (75)}, (d) 6 \times tan (75), (e) tan(6 \times 75)
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    In order to comply with what directions? You've left that out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dori1123 View Post
    The directions for assembling the pool state that the ladder should be placed at an angle of 75 degree relative to level ground. Which of the following expressions involving tangent gives the distance, in feet, that the bottom of the ladder should be placed away from the bottom edge of the pool in order to comply with the directions?

    75 is in terms of degrees

    (a) \frac{6}{tan (75)}, (b) \frac{tan (75)}{6}, (c) \frac{1}{6 \times tan (75)}, (d) 6 \times tan (75), (e) tan(6 \times 75)
    what has a measurement of 6 ft ? the ladder or the height of the side of the pool?
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    I don't understand this question at all. This is from an ACT practice exam. The answer is (a), but I don't get why is (a) the answer. If someone understands it, please explain. Thank you very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dori1123 View Post
    I don't understand this question at all. This is from an ACT practice exam. The answer is (a), but I don't get why is (a) the answer. If someone understands it, please explain. Thank you very much.
    It's clear some key piece of information is missing here. We don't know what you mean by "directions" and the 6 in all the answer choices comes from no where. Either you skipped over something or the question is a bad one.

    Also, this is clearly not a Calculus question. Please place your threads in the proper forum.
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