# Finding the length of a triangle's sides ?

• Jan 27th 2008, 01:01 PM
Swerve
Finding the length of a triangle's sides ?
Hello :)

I am using the Sine rule to find the sides of a triangle and am stuck on one part.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...000/maths3.jpg

How do you get the values which the two red arrows are pointing towards? I understand the rest, but have no clue how those 2 values have been worked out at all.

Really grateful for the help I have been getting here. I have a test tomorrow, so am panicking a bit.

Many thanks!

:)
• Jan 27th 2008, 01:53 PM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by Swerve
Hello :)
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How do you get the values which the two red arrows are pointing towards? I understand the rest, but have no clue how those 2 values have been worked out at all.
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The two red arrows are pointing to the values of $\displaystyle \sin 45^0$ and $\displaystyle \sin 105^0$. You get these values by using the sin button on your calculator, making sure the calculator is in degree mode, and rounding to three decimal places.
• Jan 27th 2008, 02:04 PM
DivideBy0
$\displaystyle \sin{45}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$

$\displaystyle \sin{105}=\sin{(60+45)}=\sin{60}\cos{45}+\cos{60}\ sin{45}=(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2})(\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2})+( \frac{1}{2})(\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2})$

$\displaystyle =\frac{\sqrt{6}+\sqrt{2}}{4}$
• Jan 27th 2008, 03:41 PM
mr fantastic
Quote:

Originally Posted by DivideBy0
$\displaystyle \sin{45}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$

$\displaystyle \sin{105}=\sin{(60+45)}=\sin{60}\cos{45}+\cos{60}\ sin{45}=(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2})(\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2})+( \frac{1}{2})(\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2})$

$\displaystyle =\frac{\sqrt{6}+\sqrt{2}}{4}$

No offence to anyone but ..... DivideBy0, I think you're living in the Penthouse Suite whilst Swerve is still trying to check in at the lobby .....