Q. 684.0( 9 Votes )

The angles of depression of two ships from the top of a light house and on the same side of it are found to be 45° and 30° respectively. If the ships are 200 m apart, find the height of the light house.

Answer :

In the fig let AB is the light house of height h (m)


tan 30° =


√3h = 200 + x ………………….(1)


tan 45° =

1 =

h = x ………………(2)

From eqn (1) and (2) we get

√3h = 200 + h

h(√3 + 1) = 200

h =

On multiplying and dividing by √3-1, we get

h =

h = 273.2m

Therefore height of the light house is 273.2m

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