Angles of Elevation & Depression

Angle of Elevation: the angle that an observer would raise his or her line of sight above a horizontal line in order to see an object.

Angle of depression If an observer were  UP ABOVE and needed to look down, the angle of depression would be the angle that the person would need to lower lower his or her line of sight.

The picture below illustrates an example of an angle of depression and an angle of elevation

Practice Problems

Problem 1

In the picture below, which angle is the angle of depression?
Which angle is the angle of elevation?

Picture of Angle of Elevation and Depression

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