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Problem: Jean camps beside a wide river and wonders how wide it is. She spots a large rock on the bank directly across from her. She then walks upstream until she judges that the angle between her and the rock, which she can still see clearly, is now at an angle of 30 downstream. Jean measures her stride to be about 1 yard long. The distance back to her camp is 120 strides.(a) About how far across, in yards, is the river?(b) About how far across, in meters, is the river?

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Jean camps beside a wide river and wonders how wide it is. She spots a large rock on the bank directly across from her. She then walks upstream until she judges that the angle between her and the rock, which she can still see clearly, is now at an angle of 30 downstream. Jean measures her stride to be about 1 yard long. The distance back to her camp is 120 strides.

(a) About how far across, in yards, is the river?
(b) About how far across, in meters, is the river?

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