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Trigonometry: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

In the movie Close Encounters of Third Kind, there was a scene where the star, Richard Dreyfuss, was approaching Devil's Tower in Wyoming. He could have determined his distance from Devil's Tower by first stopping at point P, and taken a measurement of the angle from his location to the height of the tower of 13.5 degrees. He then could have moved 100 meters closer to point N and taken another measurement of the height of the tower. This measurement would be 14.8 degrees. Given this information, determine Mr. Dreyfuss's distance from tower when he is standing at point N.

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The solution includes a diagram and shows how to determine the distance using trigonometry with complete formulas and calculations. This solution is provided in an attached Word document.

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