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How to find the unknown side if I only know 2 sides  and the mesure of one angle of a...

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babylove12 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM via web

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How to find the unknown side if I only know 2 sides  and the mesure of one angle of a triangle ?  by the way this is not a right-angled triangle two sides are equal 

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aruv | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted July 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Assume ABC is triangle . In this triangle futher let AC ,BC and included angle between these sides is known.

Then by triangle law `c^2=a^2+b^2-2abCos(C)` , we can calculate  third side.

In our example

We need to determine AB ?

i.e.

`AB^2=AC^2+BC^2-2 AC.BC. cos( C)`

angle between side AC and BC is C in considered triangle.

So as you prove congruency in triangle , those are the minimum information required to define unique triangle.

In special case we define triangle like as equilateral,isosceles or right angle triangle etc.

For arbitrary triangle we can not define unique triangle.

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