Triangle

• Jan 31st 2011, 12:34 PM
Makron
Triangle
Hello

A triangle has one side that is 7 and another side that is 12. What it the max and min value for the third side.

Thank you for any help
• Jan 31st 2011, 12:40 PM
TheEmptySet
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Originally Posted by Makron
Hello

A triangle has one side that is 7 and another side that is 12. What it the max and min value for the third side.

Thank you for any help

If you know the law of cosines then

$c^2=a^2+b^2-2ab\cos(\theta)$

$c^2=49+144-168\cos(\theta)$

Can you finish from here?
• Jan 31st 2011, 12:56 PM
Makron
Thank you for helping =)

but the angle is unknown ?
• Jan 31st 2011, 12:58 PM
masters
Quote:

Originally Posted by Makron
Hello

A triangle has one side that is 7 and another side that is 12. What it the max and min value for the third side.

Thank you for any help

Hi Makron,

If the third side is $x$, then $5 < x < 19$

Essentially, the third side must be greater then the difference of the other two sides, but less than their sum.
• Jan 31st 2011, 01:00 PM
Makron
thank you but I would like to know how to complete the ekvation that "Emptyset" posted
• Jan 31st 2011, 05:32 PM
HallsofIvy
The equation was $c^2= 49+ 25- 168cos(\theta)$. The angle $\theta$ can be any angle between 0 and 180 degrees. What is that equation if $\theta= 0$? What if $\theta= 180$?