How do you solve the triangle given B=19, a=51, c=61?

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Nov 2, 2016

Answer:

Please see the explanation for a description of the process.

Explanation:

I assume that you mean that angle #B = 19°#

Use the Law of Cosines to find the length of side b:

#b = sqrt(a^2 + c^2 - 2(a)(c)cos(B))#

#b = sqrt(51^2 + 61^2 - 2(51)(61)cos(19°))#

#b = sqrt(51^2 + 61^2 - 2(51)(61)cos(19°))#

#b~~ 20.95#

Use the Law of Sines to find angle A:

#sin(A)/a = sin(B)/b#

#A = sin^-1(sin(B)a/b)#

#A = sin^-1(sin(19°)51/20.95)#

#A ~~ 52°#

Find angle C:

#C = 180° - 19° - 52°#

#C = 109°#

We know the lengths of all 3 sides, #a = 51, b = 20.95, and c = 61# and we know the measures of all 3 angles, #A = 52°, B = 19° and C = 109°#