CBSE Class 10 Maths Chapter 9 Applications of Trigonometry Objective Questions deal with how trigonometry helps to find the height and distance of different objects without any measurement. In earlier days, astronomers used trigonometry to calculate the distance from the earth to the planets and stars. Trigonometry is also mostly used in navigation and geography to locate the position in relation to the latitude and longitude. Keeping in mind the latest modification of the CBSE exam pattern, we have compiled the CBSE Class 10 Maths Chapter 9 Applications of Trigonometry Objective Questions for the students to prepare well for the board exams. Students will learn the applications of trigonometry with reallife examples in a better way with the help of the MCQs provided in this article.
Solving these CBSE Class 10 Maths Chapter 9 objective questions is a good practice as it provides additional questions for the students to practise for the board exams. Students also get acquainted with a wide range of questions of different types and difficulty levels by practising these objective questions.
Find below the CBSE Class 10 Maths Objective Questions and the subtopics it covers.
List of Subtopics Covered in Chapter 9
We have compiled here some 20 multiplechoice questions covering the belowgiven topics from the chapter.
9.1 Applications of Trigonometry (6 MCQs from the Topic)
9.2 Introduction (4 MCQs from the Topic)
9.3 Heights and Distances (10 MCQs from the Topic)
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Applications of Trigonometry

 A technician has to repair a light on a pole of a height of 10 m. She needs to reach a point 1 m below the top of the pole to undertake the repair work. What should be the length of the ladder that she should use when inclined at an angle of 60^{âˆ˜} to the ground that would enable her to reach the required position? Also, how far from the foot of the pole should she place the foot of the ladder?
Answer: (D) 6âˆš3 m
Solution: The given situation is explained in the figure below:
DB – DC = CB
â‡’BC=9msin60Â°=BCACâ‡’AC=BCsin60Â°=
âˆ´ The height of the ladder should be 6âˆš3 m.

 A statue, 2 m tall, stands on the top of a pedestal. From a point on the ground, the angle of elevation of the top of the statue is 60Â°, and from the same point, the angle of elevation of the top of the pedestal is 45Â°. Find the height of the pedestal.
Answer: (B) 2(âˆš3 – 1)
Solution:
CD = 2m
Let BC = x
AB = x (using tanÂ 45âˆ˜)
In Î”ABD,
BD = AB âˆš3 = x âˆš3
We know that CD = BD – BC = 2m
X(âˆš3 â€“ 1)
X = 2(âˆš3 1 )
Therefore, the height of the pedestal is 2(âˆš3 1 ).

 The angle of elevation of the top of a building from the foot of the tower is 30Â°, and the angle of elevation of the top of the tower from the foot of the building is 60Â°. If the tower is 60 m high, find the height of the building.
 30 m
 40 m
 20 m
 10 m
 The angle of elevation of the top of a building from the foot of the tower is 30Â°, and the angle of elevation of the top of the tower from the foot of the building is 60Â°. If the tower is 60 m high, find the height of the building.
Answer: (C) 20 m
Solution:
The given situation is explained in the figure above.
tan60Â°=DC/BCâ‡’BC=DC/tan60Â°= 60/ âˆš3 = 20 âˆš3 m
tan30Â°=AB/BC
â‡’AB=BCÃ—tan30Â°=20 âˆš3 Ã— (1/âˆš3 m) = 20 m
Thus, the height of the building is 20 m.

 A TV tower stands vertically on a bank of a canal, with a height of 10 âˆš3 m. From a point on the other bank directly opposite the tower, the angle of elevation of the top of the tower is 60Â°. From another point on the line joining this point to the foot of the tower, the angle of elevation of the top of the tower is 30Â°. Find the distance between the opposite bank of the canal at the point with a 30Â° angle of elevation.
 30 m
 20 m
 45 m
 35 m
 A TV tower stands vertically on a bank of a canal, with a height of 10 âˆš3 m. From a point on the other bank directly opposite the tower, the angle of elevation of the top of the tower is 60Â°. From another point on the line joining this point to the foot of the tower, the angle of elevation of the top of the tower is 30Â°. Find the distance between the opposite bank of the canal at the point with a 30Â° angle of elevation.
Answer: (B) 20 m
Solution:
The above figure represents the situation given in the question.
tan60Â°=AB/ BC
â‡’AB=BCtan60Â°= BC âˆš3â€¦â€¦â€¦.(1)
â‡’BC=AB/tan60Â°=AB/ tan60Â°
tan30Â°=AB/BD=AB/ (CD+BC)
â‡’DC+BC=AB/tan30Â°=AB âˆš3
â‡’DC=AB
â‡’DC = 20 m
Hence, the distance between the opposite bank of the canal is 20 m.

 As observed from the top of a 150 m high lighthouse from the sea level, the angles of depression of the two ships are 30Â° and 45Â°. If one ship is exactly behind the other on the same side of the lighthouse, find the distance between the two ships.
Answer: (B) 150 (âˆš3 â€“ 1)
Solution:
Here, the lighthouse, BC = 150 m
InÂ Î”BDC,
BD = BC = 150 m (using tan 45Â°)
InÂ Î”ABC,
AB = BC âˆš3 (using tanÂ 30Â°)
AB= 150âˆš3
So, distance AD = 150 (âˆš3 â€“ 1)
Hence, the between the two ships is 150 (âˆš3 â€“ 1).

 An observer of âˆš3m tall is 3 m away from a pole of 2âˆš3 high. What is the angle of elevation of the top of the pole from the observer?
 60Â°
 30Â°
 45Â°
 90Â°
 An observer of âˆš3m tall is 3 m away from a pole of 2âˆš3 high. What is the angle of elevation of the top of the pole from the observer?
Answer: (B) 30Â°
Solution:
Height of the pole that is above man’s height = 2 âˆš3 – âˆš3 = âˆš3 m
Hence, AB = âˆš3 m
BC = 3 m
Hence,Â tanÂ C =Â AB/BCÂ =
âŸ¹ C, angle of elevation = 30Â°
Therefore, the angle of elevation of the top of the pole from the observer is 30Â°.
Introduction

 The angle of elevation of the top of a tower from a point on the ground, which is 30 m away from the foot of the tower, is 30Â°. Find the height of the tower.
Solution: In Î”ABC, taking the tangent of âˆ C, we have,
tanÂ C=AB/BC
â‡’tanÂ 30Â°=h/30
â‡’
=10(1.732)
=17.32m = 10âˆš3 m
Hence, the height of the tower is 10âˆš3 metres.

 An observer having 1.5 m tall is 28.5 m away from a tower. The angle of elevation of the top of the tower from her eyes is 45Â°. What is the height of the tower?
 20 m
 10 m
 40 m
 30 m
 An observer having 1.5 m tall is 28.5 m away from a tower. The angle of elevation of the top of the tower from her eyes is 45Â°. What is the height of the tower?
Answer: (D) 30 m
Solution: Let AB be the tower of height h, and CD be the observer of height, 1.5 m at a distance of 28.5 m from tower AB.
InÂ Î”AED, we have
tan45Â°=h/28.5
â‡’1=h/28.5
â‡’h=28.5Â m
âˆ´ h=AE+BE=AE+DC
= (28.5+1.5) m=30Â m
Height of tower = h + 1.5
= 28.5 + 1.5
= 30 m
Hence, the height of the tower is 30 m.

 An electrician has to repair an electrical fault on a pole of a height of 4 m. He needs to reach a point 1.3 m below the top of the pole to undertake the repair work. What should be the length of the ladder that he should use when inclined at an angle of 60Â° to the horizontal that would enable him to reach the required position?
Answer: (A)
Solution: Let AC be the electric pole of height 4 m. Let B be a point 1.3 m below the top A of the pole AC.
Then, BC = AC – AB = (4 – 1.3) m = 2.7 m
Let BD be the ladder inclined at an angle ofÂ 60Â°Â to the horizontal.
InÂ Î”BCD, we have
sin60Â°=2.7/L.
Hence, the length of the ladder should be m.

 A circus artist is climbing a 20 m long rope, which is tightly stretched and tied from the top of a vertical pole to the ground. Find the height of the pole if the angle made by the rope with the ground level isÂ 30Â°.
 10 m
 15 m
 20 m
 35 m
 A circus artist is climbing a 20 m long rope, which is tightly stretched and tied from the top of a vertical pole to the ground. Find the height of the pole if the angle made by the rope with the ground level isÂ 30Â°.
Answer: (A) 10 m
Solution: Let AB be the vertical pole and CA be the 20 m long rope, such that one end is tied from the top of the vertical pole AB and the other end C is tied to a point C on the ground.
InÂ Î”ABC, we have
sinÂ 30Â°=h/20
â‡’1/2=h/20
â‡’h=10Â m
Hence, the height of the pole is 10 m.
Heights and Distances

 An observer of 2.25 m tall is 42.75 m away from a chimney. The angle of elevation of the top of the chimney from her eyes is 45Â°. What is the height of the chimney?
 40 m
 50 m
 45 m
 35 m
 An observer of 2.25 m tall is 42.75 m away from a chimney. The angle of elevation of the top of the chimney from her eyes is 45Â°. What is the height of the chimney?
Answer: (C) 45 m
Solution:
The given situation is explained in the figure above:
In triangle ABE,
tan45Â°=AB/EB
Also,Â EB=DC
âˆ´ tan45Â°=AB/ DC
â‡’AB=DC Ã— tanÂ 45Â°
â‡’AB=1Ã—42.75
Hence, the height of the chimney =Â ACÂ = AB + BC
We can observe thatÂ BC = ED.
Thus, AC = AB + ED
= 42.75 + 2.25
= 45 m.
Hence, the height of the chimney is 45 m.

 A tower stands vertically on the ground. From a point on the ground,Â which is 30 m away from the foot of the tower, the angle of elevation of the top of theÂ tower is found to beÂ 30Â°. Find the height of the tower.
Answer: (B) 10âˆš3 m
Solution: The given situation is explained in the Î” below:
Now,Â tan30Â°=AB/ BC
âˆ´ The height of the tower isÂ 10âˆš3 m.

 The angles of depression of the top and the bottom of a 10 m tall buildingÂ from the top of a multistoreyed building areÂ 30Â°Â andÂ 45Â°, respectively. Find the height of the multistoreyed building.
Solution:
The above figure represents the situation aptly.
(ED is the height of the building)

 A contractor plans to install two slides for the children to play in a park. For the children below the age of 5 years, she prefers to have a slide whose top is at the height of 2 m and is inclined at an angle of 30Â° to the ground. What should be the length of the slide?
 4
 2
 1.5
 3
 A contractor plans to install two slides for the children to play in a park. For the children below the age of 5 years, she prefers to have a slide whose top is at the height of 2 m and is inclined at an angle of 30Â° to the ground. What should be the length of the slide?
Answer: (A) 4
Solution: The given situation can be explained using the figure below:
In the rightangled triangle ABC,
sinâˆ ABC=AC/AB=1/2
â‡’sin30Â°=2/ABâ‡’AB= 2/ (1/2)
â‡’AB = 4m
âˆ´ The length of the slide is 4m.

 A kite is flying at a height of 30 m above the ground. The string attached to the kite is temporarily tied to a point on the ground. The inclination of the string with the ground is 60Â°. Find the length of the string, assuming that there is no slack in the string.
Solution: The situation can be explained using the figure below:
In the given rightangled triangle:
sin (âˆ ACB) =AB/AC
â‡’sin60Â°=AB/AC
â‡’AC=AB/sin60Â°=
âˆ´ The length of the string is 20âˆš3 m

 A vertical pole of 30 m is fixed on a tower. From a point on the level ground, the angles of elevation of the top and bottom of the pole are 60Â° and 45Â°. Find the height of the tower.
Answer: (B) 15 (âˆš3 + 1)
Solution:
The situation can be explained by the figure above.
Therefore, the height of the tower is 15 (âˆš3 + 1).

 The value of tan A +sin A=M, and tan A â€“ sin A=N.
The value of (M^{2}âˆ’N^{2}) / (MN)^{ 0.5}


 4
 3
 2
 1

Answer: (A) 4
Solution: M^{2}N^{2}Â = (Tan A+ Sin A + Tan A â€“Sin A) (Tan A +Sin A â€“ Tan A+ Sin A)
M^{2}N^{2}Â =4 tan A sin A
And (MN)^{ 0.5}Â =Â (tan^{2}Aâˆ’sin^{2}A)^{ 0.5}

 Two towers, A and B, are standing at some distance apart. From the top of tower A, the angle of depression of the foot of tower B is found to be 30Â°. From the top of tower B, the angle of depression of the foot of tower A is found to be 60Â°. If the height of tower B is â€˜hâ€™ m, then the height of tower A in terms of â€˜hâ€™ is _____ m
Answer: (B) h/3 m
Solution:
Let the height of tower A be = AB =Â H.
And the height of tower B = CD = h
In triangle ABC,
tan30Â°Â =Â AB/ACÂ =Â H/ACÂ ……………………………. 1
In triangle ADC,
tan60Â°Â =Â CD/ACÂ =Â h/AC………………………………….2
Divide 1 by 2
We getÂ tan30Â°/tan60Â°Â =Â H/h
Therefore, H = h/3 m.

 A 1.5 m tall boy is standing some distance from a 31.5 m tall building. If he walks â€™dâ€™ m towards the building, the angle of elevation of the top of the building changes from 30Â° to 60Â°. Find the length of d. (Take âˆš3 = 1.73)
 30.15 m
 38.33 m
 22.91 m
 34.55 m
 A 1.5 m tall boy is standing some distance from a 31.5 m tall building. If he walks â€™dâ€™ m towards the building, the angle of elevation of the top of the building changes from 30Â° to 60Â°. Find the length of d. (Take âˆš3 = 1.73)
Answer: (D) 34.55 m
Solution:
The above figure explains the situation given in the question.
âˆ´ The distance moved by the boy, d, is 34.55 m.

 The angles of depression of two objects from the top of a 100 m hill lying to its east are found to beÂ 45Â°Â andÂ 30Â°. Find the distance between the two objects. (Take âˆš3 = 1.73,)
 200 m
 150 m
 107.5 m
 73.2 m
 The angles of depression of two objects from the top of a 100 m hill lying to its east are found to beÂ 45Â°Â andÂ 30Â°. Find the distance between the two objects. (Take âˆš3 = 1.73,)
Answer: (D) 73.2 m
Solution: Let C and D be the objects and CD be the distance between the objects.
InÂ Î”ABC,Â tanÂ 45Â°Â =Â AB/AC
AB=AC=100Â m
InÂ Î”ABD,Â tanÂ 30Â°Â =Â AB/AD
CD=ADâˆ’AC=173.2âˆ’100=73.2Â metres
Hence, the distance between the two objects is 73.2 metres.
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CBSE Class 10 Maths Chapter 9 Extra MCQs
1. If a man standing on a platform 3 metres above the surface of a lake observes a cloud and its reflection in the lake, calculate the angle of elevation of the cloud.Â
(a) equal to the angle of depression of its reflection.
(b) double to the angle of depression of its reflection
(c) not equal to the angle of depression of its reflection
(d) information insufficient
2. There are two windows in the house. A window of the house is at a height of 1.5 m above the ground, and the other window is 3 m vertically above the lower window. Ram and Shyam are sitting inside the two windows. At an instant, the angle of elevation of a balloon from these windows is observed as 45Â° and 30Â°, respectively. Then, what is the height of the balloon from the ground?
(a)Â 7.269 m
(b) 8.269 m
(c)Â 7.598 m
(d) 8.598 m
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