Step 1: Examine the given figure and make a note of the given measurements

Step 2: Prove that the two triangles are similar by using the given data.

             EXPLANATION: From the figure we get

                     \angle B = \angle D = 90 \degree

                     \angle BCA = \angle DCE

             Because, angle of incidence and angle of reflection are same)

             So, ∆ABC ~ ∆EDC ( by AAA Theorem)


Step 3: Use the AAA theorem to calculate unknown value

        AAA THEOREM: In two triangles, if the angles are equal, then the sides

        opposite to the equal angles are in the same ratio (or proportional) and hence

        the two triangles are similar. 


Step 4: Substitute the known values in the AAA theorem

                  EXAMPLE:  \frac{1.5}{h}=\frac{0.4}{87.6}


                                       h = 328.5 m

                          The height of the lamp post is 328.5 m