# Trigonometric Functions

• May 2nd 2012, 11:39 PM
kalwin
Trigonometric Functions
What is the measurement (using tangent) of an angle that has an adjacent side of 8, an opposite side of 9, and a hypotenuse of 10?
• May 3rd 2012, 12:39 AM
biffboy
Re: Trigonometric Functions
This is not a right angled triangle.
• May 3rd 2012, 01:18 AM
Prove It
Re: Trigonometric Functions
Quote:

Originally Posted by kalwin
What is the measurement (using tangent) of an angle that has an adjacent side of 8, an opposite side of 9, and a hypotenuse of 10?

You can find the size of the angles, but this is not a right-angle triangle, and you can not use the terminology you have used.

The cosine rule states that

\displaystyle \begin{align*} c^2 &= a^2 + b^2 - 2ab\cos{C} \\ \cos{C} &= \frac{a^2 + b^2 - c^2}{2ab} \end{align*}