(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The problem has to do with laws of cosines/sines.

"The baseball player in center field is playing approximately 330 feet from the television camera that is behind home plate. A batter hits a fly ball that goes to the wall 420 feet from the camera. The camera turns 6 degrees to follow the play. Approximate the distance the center field has to run to make the catch."

The diagram given looks roughly like this:

http://img151.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fieldbu9.jpg

2. Relevant equations

There are 3 equations relating to the Laws of Cosines:

1. a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bccos(A)

2. b^2 = a^2 + c^2 - 2accos(B)

3. c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2abcos(C)

3. The attempt at a solution

At this point the case of this problem is SAS (side side angle). So I know that laws of cosines has to be used here.

I then labeled the diagram like this:

http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=field2uv3.jpg

Givens:

b=420

c=330

A=6 degrees

a = ?

a is what needs to be solved.

I then used equation one since it has the most related givens

a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bccos(A)

a^2 = 420^2 + 330^2 - 2(420)(330)cos6

a = [tex]\sqrt{420^2 + 330^2 - 2(420)(330)cos6}[/tex]

a = 98.07ft

Thats my approximate answer. Can someone verify it?

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# Homework Help: Can some verify this problem?

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