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Use the cosine rule for this.

a^{2} = b^{2} + c^{2} -2bc*cos(A)

In your case 'a' is x, A is 62°, b is 2.0 and c is 2.5

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Alan Feb 7, 2019

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but i cant use the cosine rule, i think i have to divide into two different 90 degree triangles

and then find the sides in the one with 62 degree inn and use sinus

sin62(1.8/2)= 0.79.....

2.5-0.79.... almost equal 1.7

then 1.7^2+1.8^2=6.148

sqrt(6.148)=2.479

but since i dont know if it was exactly 1.8 on the height then i might be at 2.4 cm

hmm

x=2.4

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#3**+1 **

Why can't you use the cosine rule? This question and diagram are a perfect set-up to use this rule......

ElectricPavlov
Feb 7, 2019

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Where did you get the 1.8 from.....just a 'guestimate' ? And if you use this value for the height, then

1.8/2 would equal sin 62 .....but you MULTIPLIED the sin by sin 62......what does that do?

ElectricPavlov
Feb 7, 2019

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I think your book just got a bit ahead of itself in giving you this question before discussing the cosine rule.....

cos rule give answer as 2.357 units

ElectricPavlov
Feb 7, 2019