How do you find the angle C formed by the sides of length 2, 3, and 7?

1 Answer
Apr 26, 2015

Not such triangle exists (you can't have a triangle where one side is more that the sum of the lengths of the other two sides).

However, to demonstrate the process:
(and noting that you could get 3 different answers depending upon which side you decide angle C is opposite.)

For demonstration purposes, I will assume the sides are
#a=2, b=3, " and " c=7#
with angle C opposite side #c#

The Law of Cosines:
can be rearranged as
#cos(C) = (a^2+b^2-c^2)/(2ab)#

#C=arccos(cos(C)) = arccos((a^2+b^2-c^2)/(2ab))#

for the supplied values
#C = arccos( (4+9-49)/12)#

beyond this you should be able to do the arithmetic and look up the #arccos()# value in a table or on a calculator... but as noted at the beginning it's all moot since the triangle can't exist.