How do you solve the triangle ABC given a=11, b=13, c=16?
Labelling triangle in the conventional way i.e. side a opposite angle A, and so on.
We need to use the cosine rule to start, since we know three sides, but no angles.
We will first find
Rearrange the cosine formula so
Putting known values into this:
We now have angle A. We can find a second angle using the cosine rule, or we could switch to the sine rule. The sine rule is less cumbersome to use, but we will stick to the cosine rule for now.
We will now find angle B.
We need to rearrange the cosine formula for
Putting in values: