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    urgent trig problem

    My daughter, aged 15 & in year 10, needs urgent help with this problem:

    Calculate the value of.....
    0.5ab sin C

    a = 80mm
    b = 50mm
    C = 105 degrees

    Thank you very much for any help that can be given.


    Jenny
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    Sine of a sum

    I'd assume that the student is not allowed to use calculators for this exercise, yes?

    To calculate the sine of 105 degrees, take note that the sine of an angle x between 90 to 180 degrees is equal to the sine of (180 - x).

    In this case, the sine of 105 degrees is equal to the sine of (180 - 105) = sin 75degrees.

    The sine of 75 degrees = sin (45 + 30 degrees).

    A formula that your daughter can remember is:

    Sin (A + B) = Sin A Cos B + Cos A Sin B

    So... Sin 75 = Sin 45 Cos 30 + Cos 45 Sin 30

    The sine of 45 degrees can be derived by cutting a square into half along its diagonal. The sine of 45 is 1/(square root of 2).

    The cosine of 45 is also 1/(square root of 2).

    The sine of 30 degrees can be derived by cutting an equilateral triangle into half along its height. The sine of 30 degrees is 0.5

    The cosine of 30 degrees, from the same triangle, is (square root of 3)/2.

    It's arithmetic from hereon.
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    This is great. I will pass it on to my daughter.
    Thanks very much.

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    You're welcome, Jenny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennybianca View Post
    My daughter, aged 15 & in year 10, needs urgent help with this problem:

    Calculate the value of.....
    0.5ab sin C

    a = 80mm
    b = 50mm
    C = 105 degrees

    Thank you very much for any help that can be given.


    Jenny
    Quote Originally Posted by Serena's Girl View Post
    I'd assume that the student is not allowed to use calculators for this exercise, yes?

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    "aged 15 & in year 10" and from Australia ...... I'd say it's absolutely certain that a calculator IS allowed. Make sure the calculator is in degree mode.
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    Yup. Back when I was 15, we were allowed to use calculators in our trigonometry class. But the fact that she is asking what could be a plug-it-and-go problem using a calculator made me assume otherwise. ^^
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