Walking to Make Triangle

Nigel walks x miles due west, turns 150° to his left and walks 3 miles in the new direction. If he finishes at a point 2 miles from his starting point, then x is:

  1. 13/10
  2. 39/10
  3. 1.5√3
  4. not uniquely determined by the given information.

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At this point, Nigel is 2 miles from his starting point.

Ack! There are two possible starting points, look:

So, we can’t tell. It’s (d).

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