# Can you help? How does tan60 equal #sqrt3# ?

##### 1 Answer

May 1, 2018

Please see the explanation.

#### Explanation:

Consider an equilateral triangle with side length = 2, draw the

altitude from one of vertices, it will bisect the angle and it would be

the perpendicular bisector of the opposite side and it divides the

equilateral triangle into 2 equal right triangles. The hypotenuse is 2

the shorter side is 1 so the longer side is:

Now the longer side is opposite to the 60 degrees angle and: