10.1 Angles of Elevation and Depression


10.1 Angle of Elevation and Angle of Depression

1. Angle of elevation is the acute angle measured from a horizontal line up to the line of sight.


Example 1:

Angle of elevation of object O from P = OPA


2. Angle of depression is the acute angle measured down from a horizontal line to the line of sight.



Example 2:
Angle of depression of object O from P = OPA


3. The angle of elevation or angle of depression is always measured from the horizontal line.

Example 3:
Diagram below shows two vertical poles JK and NL on a horizontal plane. M is a point on NL such that JK = ML.
 
The angle of depression of point J from point is

Solution:
The angle of depression of point J from N is the angle between line JN and the horizontal line through N.
Angle of depression of J from N
= angle of elevation of N from J
=NJM