Angles of Elevation and Depression 

 

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In today’s Mathematics class, We will be discussing Angles of Elevation and Depression. We hope you enjoy the class!

 

CONTENT:    (i) Horizontal and vertical lines

                   (ii) Angles of elevation

                   (iii) Measuring angles of elevation and depression

 

 

Horizontal and Vertical Lines

Horizontal lines are lines that are parallel to the earth. For example, the surface of a liquid in a container, the floor of a classroom, etc. See the diagram below:

horizontal line maths

Vertical lines are lines that are perpendicular to the horizontal surface, e.g. Wall of a classroom, a swing pendulum, etc.

horizontal line and vertical line

 

Evaluation:

  1. Say whether the following are horizontal or vertical or neither.
      • a) A tabletop  b) A door   c) A table leg            d) Top edge of a well

 

 

Reading Assignment

NGM BK 2 Chapter 17, pg. 173

Essential Mathematics for JSS BK 2, Chapter 17, pg. 173

 

 

Angle of Depression

The angle of depression of an object from a given point T is the angle formed when an observer looks down to see an object below his head.

 

angles of depression maths

 

Thus the angle of elevation is equal in size to the angle of depression. (Alternate angles are equal i.e. d = e)

NGM BK 2 Chapter 20, pgs. 166 – 167

 

Measuring Angles of Elevation and Depression

When constructing angles of elevation and depression, the use of scale drawing is necessary in order to have effective construction of angle. Consider the diagram below; find the height of the flagpole to the nearest metre using a suitable scale.

triangle V maths

 

Solution

By construction, choose a scale of 1cm to represent 2m.

The height of the flagpole PT = 3cm, converted to m, will give 2 x 3 = 6

 

Example 2: The angle of elevation of the top of a tower 42m away from a point on the level ground is 36o, find the height of the tower.

Solution

triangle IV maths

By construction, using a suitable scale of 1cm represented by 6cm, then PR = = 7cm

The length TR = 5.0cm converting back to metre, we have;

Length TR = 5 x 6 = 30m

 

Example 3: From the top of a building 20m high, the angle of depression of a car is 45o, find the distance of the car from the foot of the building.

Solution

Rough sketch:

triangle III maths

 

T = top of the building, C = car, F = foot of the building

CF is the distance of the car from the foot of the building

Since the angle of depression equal angle of elevation;

By construction, using a suitable scale of 1cm represents 5m

For 20m, we have  = 4cm

Length CF 4cm

By conversion, length CF = 4 x 5 = 20m

 

EVALUATION

  1. A tower PQ is 10m high if the distance from point R to P is 50m on the ground, find the angle of elevation of Q from R

 

triangle II maths

 

 

  1. From the top of a cliff of 200m high, Martins observes that the angle of depression of a boat at sea is 35o, find the distance between the boat and the foot of the cliff.

 

GENERAL EVALUATION

  1. A boat is 180m from the foot of a vertical cliff of height 80m. find by scale drawing the angle of depression of the boat measured from the top of the cliff.
  2. A boy is flying a kite. The string is 25m long and is at an angle of 42o to the horizontal. Using a scale diagram, find how high the kite is above the boy’s head?

 

REVISION QUESTION

  1. The angle of elevation of point P from point Q is 40o. PQ = 45km. How high is point P above the level of point Q?
  2. A girl with an eye-level height of 1.65m observes that the angle of elevation of the top of the tower 20m away is 40o. Calculate the height of the tower.

 

READING ASSIGNMENT

NGM BK 2 chapter 20, page 166 – 169

Essential mathematics for JSS BK 2, chapter 23, pg. 295 – 297

Exercise 23.1 No 1, 2 & 3 page 296

 

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT

  1. Calculate the size of the fourth angle if three angles of a quadrilateral are 65o, 115o and 125o respectively A. 35o     B. 55o     C. 45o    D. 75o
  2. Calculate the number of side of a regular polygon whose total angles is 1080o  A. 4     B. 6      C. 8     D. 10
  3. PRQS is a rectangle with the side 3cm and 4cm, if its diagonal cross at O, calculate the length of PO.          A. 3.5cm     B. 5.0cm      C. 2.5cm      D. 4.0cm
  4. If the angle of a quadrilateral could be x, 2x, 4x and 5x respectively, what would be the value of x?      A. 60o     B. 90o      C. 15o     D. 30o
  5. If the angle of elevation of a building from a point on the ground is 43o. What is the angle of depression? A. 47o    C. 53o    C. 43o     D. 32o

 

THEORY

  1. From the top of a building 50m high, the angle of depression of a car is 55o, find the distance of the car from the foot of the building.
  2. Find the height of the flagpole in the diagram below to the nearest metre.

 

triangle maths

 

 

 

 

 

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