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In a right triangle, the side adjacent to an angle of 44 degrees is 45 cm. How long is the opposite side?

Guest Feb 27, 2019

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Why would the opposite side be the hypotenuse? If the opposite side was the hypotenuse that would mean that the given angle would have to be 90 degrees (this is a right triangle), which it isn't. That would mean that you would use tangent: opposite / adjacent.

tan(44) = x/45

x = 43.46cm

Guest Feb 27, 2019

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Sorry....my mistake you are correct! the opposite side WOULD be another leg D'Oh!

tan 44 = opp/adj = opp/45 opp = 43.46 cm

ElectricPavlov
Feb 27, 2019