The school principal visits Ashton’s class one day. The principal asks Ashton to show her what they are learning. Ashton uses the mirror method to estimate the principal’s height. the length...

The school principal visits Ashton’s class one day. The principal asks Ashton to show her what they are learning. Ashton uses the mirror method to estimate the principal’s height. the length from the principal to the mirror is 2.0m the length from ashton to the mirrror is 1.5 m and the length from ashton eyes to the mirror is 1.3m.

What estimate should Ashton give for the principals height?

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gsarora17 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The question is based on the similarity of triangles.

In similar triangles ratio of the corresponding sides is same.

So let's find the scale factor

Scale factor=2/1.5

                 = 1.33

So, Principal's height = scale factor x 1.3

                               = 1.33 x 1.3

                                =1.73 m

So the Ashton's estimation for the principals height should be 1.73m.