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#1 2017-09-03 07:39:30

DarkTangent
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Trigonometry

1. In right triangle

, we have
and
is the midpoint of
. If
and
, then what is
?


2. If

is an acute angle such that
, then find
.


I have been working on these problems for quite a while. Please help! Thank you!


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#2 2017-09-03 19:37:46

bob bundy
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Re: Trigonometry

hi DarkTangent

1.)  If you draw a line from D to BC parallel to AB, the point where this line crosses BC , say E, will be the midpoint of BC and ED will be half BA.

Use Pythag to calculate AC, work out DC and then tan BDC = ED/DC. (later edit: see post 4)

2.)  I re-wrote this as:

Then re-write the sin as a cos:

Square this to remove the root and re-arrange as a quadratic.

(note: because this method has required a step with squaring it is possible the 'answer' won't fit the original question, so check by sunstituing back}

Bob


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#3 2017-09-05 04:45:31

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Re: Trigonometry

1.)

2.)


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#4 2017-09-05 05:25:05

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Re: Trigonometry

hi DarkTangent

(1) Whoops, my mistake, sorry.  I was trying to find tan BCD.  For BDC work out tan BDA and then use the formula tan (180 - θ) = - tan (θ )


For (2) it looks like you may just have a simple error somewhere with the working as that result has features that suggest to me you are on the right lines.  If you post your working I'll try to spot what went wrong.  I'm confident about my answer for this one because when I substituted back the expression evaluated to 2.

Bob


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#5 2017-09-05 05:55:45

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Re: Trigonometry

1.)

2.)


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#6 2017-09-05 06:08:56

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Re: Trigonometry

(1)  I think that answer is correct.

(2)  Did you get a quadratic? And if so, please post it.

Bob


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#7 2017-09-05 06:25:50

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Re: Trigonometry

1.) It's correct! Thanks!

2.)

Last edited by DarkTangent (2017-09-05 06:26:58)


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#8 2017-09-05 19:44:52

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Re: Trigonometry

That's correct!  Well done.

Bob


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#9 2017-09-06 03:46:25

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Re: Trigonometry

Thanks a lot for your help! I really appreciate it!


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