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    Interior angles of a Parallelogram

    Hello, Ho do I find the interior angles of this


    I know how to find for a triangle using
    A.B = |A||B| cos theta

    not sure how to find for a parallelogram
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersaiyan View Post
    Hello, Ho do I find the interior angles of this


    I know how to find for a triangle using
    A.B = |A||B| cos theta

    not sure how to find for a parallelogram
    You do just that! Draw a line up from point P to make your triangle (or you can use point R) and using the coordinates for the points find the lengths of the sides of the triangle. Then you can find the measurement for angle PQR (which of course will be that same for angle PSR. Then using what you know about supplementary angles, you will be able to find the other two angles!
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     \vec{PQ} = (-4,3) \, \Rightarrow |\vec{PQ}| = 5
     \vec{PS} = (10,-1) \, \Rightarrow |\vec{PS}| = \sqrt{101}

     \theta = arccos(\frac{\vec{PQ} \cdot \vec{PS}}{|\vec{PQ}| \cdot |\vec{PS}|} \approx 148.84

    Giving the other angle:  \frac{360 -2 \cdot \theta}{2} \approx 31.15
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