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Right Triangle Trigonometry Application Word Problems : Airplane Flight Path

An airplane flies at a heading of 130° for 30 minutes and then changes to a heading of 220° and flies for 2 more hours. If the average speed of the plane is 250 miles per hour and the wind is negligible, find:

a. The distance of the plane from the starting point.

b. The heading the plane would have taken to get directly to the final destination from the starting point.

Solution Summary

An airplane flight path is found by trigonometry. The solution is detailed and well presented. A diagram is included.