[Trigonometry] HnD Type #2: Broken Trees and Telegraph Poles: Finding original height

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  1. Introduction: Broken trees and poles
  2. Approach
  3. Mock Questions


Trigonometry –>Height and Distance(HnD)–> Five types of Questions.
2nd type of question is “Broken trees and telephone poles”. Here are the examples (both of them solved in the video)

  1. Because of storm, a tree is broken from a point above the ground. The top of the tree meets ground @distance that is 8 root 3 away from its foot. Angle of elevation is 30 degree. Find original height of this tree.
  2. A telegraph pole is broken during storm. Its top is stuck at the ground at an angle of 30 degrees, and @distance of 30 m away from the bottom of the pole. Find original height of this pole


  1. Original height of a tree or telephone = length of broken down part + length of leftover part.
  2. This is basically one building-one angle type question. Only different is “broken down part=hypotenuse”.
  3. So first make TAN equation, you’ll find the height of opposite side =leftover part.
  4. Then make equation for SIN and you’ll find length of hypotenuse =broken down part. (or use Pythagoras)
  5. Then add the lengths of opposite side + hypotenuse= you get the original height.

Check the following video to see how ^this approach exactly works. And after watching the video, solve the mock questions given at the bottom of this article.

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Mock Questions

  1. A tree breaks down due to storm and its top touches the ground and makes an angle of 30°. If the top of that tree touches the ground 15 m away from the bottom then find the height of this tree.
  2. A telephone pole is broken during storm. Its top is stuck at the ground at an angle of 30 degrees, and @ distance of 90 m away from the bottom of the pole. Find original height of this pole


  1. 15 ROOT 3 OR 25.95
  2. 90 root 3 OR approx. 156m

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So far 6 Comments posted

  1. surabhi

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  2. Prasanta math

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  3. anuradha

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  4. kartik

    you really have an awesome way of teaching trigonometry and i request you to please come up with videos of geometry as well as it will help aspirants to clear the exams in an easy way . I wish you best of luck for your future , you are really doing a great job , may god help you in prospering in all fields of your life.

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  5. eldho

    i think ans of the mock questions are 15(root3)+30 and 90(root3)+180…

    1. Mudasir

      tan 30=a/15
      1/root 3=a/15

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