How did you set up your equations? Did you make sure your calculator was in degree mode?
Excellent checking, by the way! That's the right instinct.
so there is a right triangle
90 degrees on the bottom left 39 on the bottom right
and 12.1 in length of the hypotenuse
im told to look for all side
i tried using cosine and sine but my answers were
larger than the hypotenuse
any ideas?
If your answers were larger than the hypotenuse,
then after
you should get "a" by multiplying both sides by 12.1.
Did you end up with instead?
Also
so you get "b" by multiplying both sides by 12.1.
You will get a value larger than the hypotenuse if you look for instead.
Why is that and why multiply both sides by 12.1?
skeeter's diagram is exactly how the picture is formed
so i tried the following
cos(39)=b/12.1
but now that u mention it
i forgot to multiply "12.1" to the cos(39) and
i saw that i screwed up the problem there resulting in 9.4 instead of 15
so i think thats where i went wrong