Angle of Elevation

Definition of Angle of Elevation

  • Angle of elevation is the angle between a horizontal line and the line joining the observer's eye to some object above the horizontal line.

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Solved Example on Angle of Elevation

The angle of elevation of the top of a pole measures 48° from a point on the ground 18 ft away from its base. Fnd the height of the flagpole.


A. 12 ft

B. 22 ft

C. 18 ft

D. 20 ft

Correct Answer: D


Step 1: Let x be the height of the flagpole.

Step 2: tan 48° =

Step 3: x = 18 tan 48°

Step 4: x = 18 × (1.110612515) = 20

Step 5: So, the height of the flagpole is 20 ft.


Related Terms for Angle of Elevation

  • Angle
  • Horizontal Line

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