How do you find the measure of each of the angles of a triangle given the measurements of the sides are 11, 11, 15?

1 Answer
Jan 20, 2017

Answer:

Using the Law of Cosines. See explanation for details.

Explanation:

First we can use the Law of Cosines to find the angle opposite to the triangle's base (i.e. the longest side):

#15^2=11^2+11^2-2*11*11*cosbeta#

#225=121+121-242cosbeta#

#-242cosbeta=225-242#

#cosbeta=(242-225)/242=17/242#

#cosbeta~~0.0702#

#beta ~~85,97^o#

To calculate the remaining angles we can use the fact that the triangle is isosceles.

Using this fact we can write that:

#2alpha+beta=180#

#alpha=(180-beta)/2#

#alpha~~47.02^o#