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In Exercises 29 to 34, use the Law of Sines or the Law of Cosines to solve each problem. Angle measures should be found to the nearest degree and areas and distances to the nearest tenth of a unit.

Clay pigeons are released at an angle of 30 with the horizontal. Massimo hits one of the clay pigeons when shooting through an angle of elevation of 70 . If the point of release is 120 m from Massimo, how far ( x ) is he from the target when it is hit?

To determine

To find:

The distance from the Massimo to the target.

Explanation

Formula:

The Law of Sines,

sinαa=sinβb=sinγc

Where α, β, and γ is the acute angle of the triangle, and a, b, and c is the sides of the triangle.

Calculation:

Given,

Clay pigeons are released at an angle of 30 with the horizontal. Massimo hits one of the clay pigeons when shooting through an angle of elevation of 70.

Let C be the Clay pigeons position and B be the Massimo’s position,

Clay pigeons C are released at an angle of 30 with the horizontal AB

Then A=30 and B=70

Here, AB¯=c=120 m, BC¯=a=x,

A=30andB =70

(i.e.) b=120 m., a=x, α=30 and β=70

Find x:

For any triangle,

α+β+γ=180

30+70+γ=180

100+γ=180<

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