Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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ISBN 10: 0-13446-914-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-13446-914-0

Chapter 6 - Section 6.1 - The Law of Sines - Exercise Set - Page 723: 70


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With a known boat speed and an angle measuring device, at $t=0$, measure the angle of the lighthouse with respect to the boat path. After some time interval $\Delta t$, measure the angle again. The distance traveled will be the product of speed and time. Thus, with known $ASA$, we can solve the triangle, which gives the distance from the boat to the lighthouse.
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