Exam-Style Question on Trigonometry
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Question id: 389. This question is similar to one that appeared on an IB AA Standard paper (specimen) for 2021. The use of a calculator is allowed.
Emma sails in a small dinghy from point A in a straight line to a buoy at point B. She is moving at an average speed of 19 km/h, for 6 minutes, on a bearing of 125°.
(a) Find the distance from point A to point B
(b) When Emma arrives at point B she changes direction and sails to point C on a bearing of 230° and 1 km away. Find angle ABC
(c) Find the distance from point A to point C.
(d) Find angle BCA
(e) Emma’s friend Eamonn wants to swim directly from point A to point C. Find the bearing that Eamonn must take to point C.
(f) Eamonn swims at an average speed of 3.2 km/h. Find, to the nearest minute, the time it takes for Eamonn to reach point C.
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