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Find Area of Triangle

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xyz_1965

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Jul 26, 2020
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Find the area of a triangle with angle 70° in between sides 6 cm and 4 cm.

Solution:

From the SOH-CAH-TOA mnemonic, I want the ratio of the opposite side (CD) to the hypotenuse (AC). I should be using the *sine* function, not cosine. Yes?

SOH leads to sin = opp/hyp

sin(70°) = CD/4

CD = 4 sin(70°)

Here is the rest:

Area = 12 sin(70°)

≈ 12 * 0.9396

Answer:

≈ 11.28 cm^2

Yes?
 

MarkFL

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I would use:

\(\displaystyle A=\frac{1}{2}ab\sin(C)\)

Using the given data:

\(\displaystyle A=\frac{1}{2}(6\text{ cm})(4\text{ cm})\sin(70^{\circ})\)

Looks good.
 
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xyz_1965

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I would use:

\(\displaystyle A=\frac{1}{2}ab\sin(C)\)

Using the given data:

\(\displaystyle A=\frac{1}{2}(6\text{ cm})(4\text{ cm})\sin(70^{\circ})\)

Looks good.
I know the law of sines or law of cosines could be applied here. This is the next chapter in my studies.