3.16.2016

Right triangle

Now we will check the law of cosines to the perimeter of the example of a right triangle. At one corner of the right triangle is 90 degrees, the cosine of this angle is zero. Cosine of the other angles are obtained by dividing the length of the hypotenuse to the length of the adjacent side. In general, the law of cosines check looks like.

Right triangle. Law of cosines to the perimeter. Mathematics For Blondes.
Right triangle

Now we substitute in formula for the length of the sides of a right triangle and values of cosines.

Right triangle. Mathematics For Blondes
Right triangle

These values are equal to the perimeter of the triangle. Cosine law allows to check the triangle on the break. That's what happens when one of the sides does not reach the top of the triangle.

Broken triangle. Mathematics For Blondes.
Broken triangle

Equality is performed, but the result is not equal to the sum of the lengths of a broken line or the perimeter of the triangle. You can then proceed to test the law of cosines in the isosceles obtuse triangle.

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