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CaptainVertigo
2006-11-29 16:09:51
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Calculating Height
I have recently taken to the treadmill in an effort to improve fitness for the hills.This involves going into a gym either before of after work, and putting up with disco music and all that. But the cause is good. Now here's the problem. It gives me some satisfaction to know that I have walked a certain distance at a certain speed. But what height have I ascended ? My eldest son won't discuss maths with me unless it is in the context of wiring money to Belfield. The next lad is only in Junior Cert and has not yet proved his abilities: but he tells me that if you know the angle of ascent, and the distance of ascent, you can calculate the height gained. A matter of Sine language. The maximum angle of the treadmill is 15 degrees, and I choose to set it at that. Junior says that the height gained over a distance of one kilometre on an angle of ascent of 15 degrees is 258 metres approx. Perhaps one of you might express an opinion on this subject. Is he right?
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