A ship sailing on a course bearing 036 degrees is 5500 metres due south of a lighthouse.If the ship continues on this course,what is the closest distance the ship will come to the lighthouse?
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Draw a figure showing the 5500 m northsouth line, the ship's path 36 degrees east of north, and the closest approach. They form a right triangle.
Closest distance = 5500 sin36
= 3233 meters

3233m