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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

There are many real-life problems involving solving triangles in "Trigonometry for the Practical Man" by James Edgar Thompson. Here are some from Chapter 5: Problem 1 From the top of a ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

I’ve got one very specific answer to this question, because I had to dust off my old trigonometry knowledge just yesterday. I tell it as a real-world use of what I had to learn in school out of left ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

Triangulation (Wikipedia link) has a wide variety of real-world uses. As a wildlife ecologist, a particularly fun one I can think of is wildlife radio telemetry (Wikipedia link). In this case, a radio ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

Squares and hexagons can be decomposed into triangles. This opens up a lot of practical problems that I encounter, such as: What is the largest hexagon that can fit into a circle? (you just need the ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

A caveat: I work in computer vision, so my perspective my be a little biased by a desire to "evangelize" on a currently hot topic. Students these days spend a lot of spare time looking at ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

One of the classic problems is have them calculate the height of a building. This can be your school building if you want. Given a tall enough building, or an irregularly shaped building, pulling a ...
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Real-life problems involving solving triangles

Most college textbooks for trig have some good problems. (For example, see page 43 of this pdf: https://www.slcc.edu/math/docs/math-1060-oer-trigonometry-textbook-version-2.pdf) (When you get to sine ...
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