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    Help with angle of elevation

    I'm stuck on this problem and it's making me feel pretty stupid. I wouldn't mind some help


    A jet took off at a rate of 260 ft/s and climbed in a straight path for 3.2 min. What was the angle of elevation of its path if its final altitude was 12,000 ft?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokem97 View Post
    I'm stuck on this problem and it's making me feel pretty stupid. I wouldn't mind some help


    A jet took off at a rate of 260 ft/s and climbed in a straight path for 3.2 min. What was the angle of elevation of its path if its final altitude was 12,000 ft?
    I attached an image so you can check to make sure I read your problem correctly. We know the hypotenuse is just (260 ft/sec)(3.2min)(60sec/min)

    The sine of the angle is \frac{BC}{AB}. That should help
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    Hahaha. I knew it was simple!! I was over analyzing. Didn't think to find distance...

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