# to prove a longer side correspond a greater opposite angle

• Aug 1st 2006, 07:50 AM
ling_c_0202
to prove a longer side correspond a greater opposite angle
I"ve got a question. it is not difficult for us to accept that 'in a triangle, a longer side correspond a greater opposite angle'. however, how can we prove that? Is it possible for me to use sine formula to prove?
• Aug 1st 2006, 08:06 AM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by ling_c_0202
I"ve got a question. it is not difficult for us to accept that 'in a triangle, a longer side correspond a greater opposite angle'. however, how can we prove that? Is it possible for me to use sine formula to prove?

I would imagine you can do so. You might find a quicker proof using the Law of Cosines, though.

-Dan
• Aug 1st 2006, 09:39 AM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by ling_c_0202
I"ve got a question. it is not difficult for us to accept that 'in a triangle, a longer side correspond a greater opposite angle'. however, how can we prove that? Is it possible for me to use sine formula to prove?

It is rather basic. Difficult to explain without a diagram. What you do is construct a triangle with equal angles (thus equal sides) on the side of the triangle. Then you use the fact "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts).