The Cape Town cable car takes tourists to the top of Table Mountain. The cable is 1.2 kilometres in length and makes an angle of 40 degrees with the ground.

Draw a scale diagram and use it to find an approximate value of the vertical height (h) climbed by the cable car.

To do the scale drawing you need to drop a perpendicular down from the upper cable car station. Watch this video showing you how to do it.

Calculate the vertical height (h) using trigonometry.

If the lower cable car station is 3o2 metres above sea level, what is the height of the upper cable car station?

How much higher do you have to climb to reach the highest point of the mountain at 1085 metres?

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