JEE Main & Advanced Mathematics Trigonometric Equations Question Bank Height and Distance

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    The angle of elevation of the top of the tower observed from each of the three points \[A,B,C\]on the ground, forming a triangle is the same angle \[\alpha \]. If R is the circum-radius of the triangle ABC, then the height of the tower is [EAMCET 1994]

    A) \[R\sin \alpha \]

    B) \[R\cos \alpha \]

    C) \[R\cot \alpha \]

    D) \[R\tan \alpha \]

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    Since the tower makes equal angles at the vertices of the triangle, therefore foot of the tower is at the circumcentre. From \[\Delta OAP,\] we have \[\tan \alpha =\frac{OP}{OA}\] \[\Rightarrow \] \[OP=OA\tan \alpha \] \[\Rightarrow \] \[OP=R\tan \alpha \].

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