Solving Oblique Triangles

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The Law of Sines

Summary The Law of Sines

The Law of Sines states that each side of a triangle is proportional to the sine of the opposite angle. It looks like this:

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The law of sines can be used when two angles and a side of a triangle are known.

Consider the following problem, in which we have two angles and the side opposite one of them: A = 35o, B = 49o, and a = 7. The first part we calculate is the third angle, C. C = 180o -35o -49o = 96o. Then, using the Law of Sines, b and c can be calculated. = = = = = . b 9.21, and c 12.13.

Now we'll consider two angles and the side included: A = 27o, B = 105o, and c = 13. First we'll calculate the measure of the third angle, C. C = 180o -27o -105o = 48o. Then using the Law of Sines, a and b can be calculated, much like we did in the previous example.