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One leg of a right triangle is 16 and the hypotenuse is 54. What is the measure of the...

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r4rob92 | Valedictorian

Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:17 AM via web

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One leg of a right triangle is 16 and the hypotenuse is 54. What is the measure of the angle adjacent to the side.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:36 AM (Answer #1)

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The length of one side of the right triangle is equal to 16 and the length of the hypotenuse is equal to 54.

Let the angle adjacent the side be denoted by X.

`cos X = 16/54 = 8/27`

`X = cos^-1(8/27)`

=> `X ~~ 72.76` degrees

The measure of the angle adjacent to the side with length 16 is approximately 72.76 degrees.

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Sameera W | eNoter

Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:37 AM (Answer #2)

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Take ABC traingle

B is 90 degreee

AC = 54

BC= 16

Then the required angle(say x) is between AB and AC

Cos (x)= BC/AC

(x) = Cos inverse (BC/AC)

(x) = Cos inverse (0.2963)(x) =72.6 degreeSo the answer is 72.6 degree
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vaaruni | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted January 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM (Answer #3)

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Let us take the right angle triangle ABC , where angle B= 90 degree.

Then according to the question One leg i.e side BC=16 and the

hypotenuse AC= 54. We require to find the measure of angle ACB.

Let angle ACB = x.

Let us take cosine of the angle ACB i.e  cos(x).

We know that cosine of an angle A  i.e.  cos(A) = base/hypotenuse

Applying this we get :

cos(x) = BC/AC = 16/54 = 8/27 = 0.2963

Since  cos(x) = 0.2963

hence,  x =    72.6 degrees <---Answer

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