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I need to find the height of my chimny in my back yard. I'm not wild about heights, so I'd rather not get out a long tape measure and a longer ladder to climb to the top.

All the word problems we did in high school trig gave us all the pieces. Let's say I find a point 20 feet from the base, the 20*tan(x) where x is the angle to the top, is the answer.

How can I find the angle x, without purchasing some expensive surveying equipment?

Is there a better way to find the height?

The application is how height of an antenna I can attach to my chimney. The town says 40', so I need to know how high it is now, so I know how much mast to purchase. Also, when the inspector shows up, I need to prove that is isn't over 40 feet.

Thanks,

Bernie

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# Real World Trig Problem

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