A triangle has sides A, B, and C. Sides A and B are of lengths #1# and #7#, respectively, and the angle between A and B is #(3pi)/8 #. What is the length of side C?

1 Answer
Jan 10, 2016

Answer:

#c=6.6815# units.

Explanation:

First of all let me denote the sides with small letters #a#, #b# and #c#
Let me name the angle between side "a" and "b" by #/_ C#.

Note:- the sign #/_# is read as "angle".
We are given with #/_C#

It is given that #a=1# and #b=7#

Using Law of Cosines
#c^2=a^2+b^2-2abcos/_C#

#c^2=1^2+7^2-2*1*7cos((3pi)/8)#

#implies c^2=1+49-14cos((3pi)/8)#

#implies c^2=50-14(0.38268)=50-5.35752=44.64248#
#implies c^2=44.64248 implies c=6.6815# units.