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    Need help reviewing a trig question for exam

    I'm studying for an exam and I could use a reminder on how to solve this.

    "A right triangle with a 90 degree angle on the bottom right has a hypotenuse that is 50 units long. The bottom left angle is a 48 degree angle. Solve for the side between the right angle and the reference angle correct to one decimal point."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathdonkey View Post
    I'm studying for an exam and I could use a reminder on how to solve this.

    "A right triangle with a 90 degree angle on the bottom right has a hypotenuse that is 50 units long. The bottom left angle is a 48 degree angle. Solve for the side between the right angle and the reference angle correct to one decimal point."

    Actually the question is asking if you can calculate \cos 48 ^{\circ} upto 2 decimal places?

    If you draw the triangle, the required side is clearly 50\cos 48^{\circ}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isomorphism View Post
    Actually the question is asking if you can calculate \cos 48 ^{\circ} upto 2 decimal places?

    If you draw the triangle, the required side is clearly 50\cos 48^{\circ}
    Thanks I appreciate the help.

    I don't want the answer for this question so much as the process for solving it (what to do and why). My notes on this aren't very clear. Could you help me out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathdonkey View Post
    Thanks I appreciate the help.

    I don't want the answer for this question so much as the process for solving it (what to do and why). My notes on this aren't very clear. Could you help me out?
    \cos\angle{A}=\frac{adjacent \ \ side}{hypotenuse}

    \sin\angle{A}=\frac{opposite \ \ side}{hypotenuse}

    \tan\angle{A}=\frac{opposite \ \ side}{adjacent \ \ side}

    Here's your setup:
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