Find the Intersection of the Lines
Date: 10/21/2002 at 20:11:59 From: Linda Subject: Trig If two poles 10m and 15m high are 25m apart, what is the height of the point of intersection of the lines that run from the top of each pole to the foot of the other pole?
Date: 10/21/2002 at 22:47:26 From: Doctor Ian Subject: Re: Trig Hi Linda, Here is a picture, where A is the top of one pole, and B is the top of the other. 20 - | 15 - B | . 10 A . . . 5 . . . . +----|----|----|----|----|---- 5 10 15 20 25 The first line runs from (0,10) to (25,0). The second line runs from (0,0) to (25,10). From two points on a line, you can find the equation of the line. From the equations of two lines, you can find the intersection of the lines by setting y = y' mx + b = m'x + b' and solving for x. Can you take it from here? - Doctor Ian, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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