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Find the Missing Angle Using Trigonometry

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High School Geometry - HSG-SRT.D.11

How to Find Missing Angles Using Trigonometry - We use different formulae to find out the missing sides or angles of a triangle. However, there are other easier mathematical approaches to solve a triangle. For instance, we know that the sum of a triangle is equal to 180 degrees. And in case you have a right-angle triangle, you know that one of the angles is 90 degrees. That means the sum of the remaining two angles has to be 90 degrees. With such information, you can easily calculate the missing angles. But how do you find the missing angles without this information? The simplest answer is to use the other properties of the triangle. For example, using the sides of the triangle. The lengths of sides of a triangle are related to the magnitudes of the angles. USING TRIGONOMETRY - besides employing standard formulae, we can also incorporate trigonometric ratios to calculate the missing angles of a triangle. When choosing an angle out of the two angles of a right-angle triangle, we first establish ratios of three sides with the angles. The side with the angle and reaches to 90 degree angle is known as the adjacent side. The side opposite to this angle is known as the opposite side. Lastly, the hypotenuse is always opposite to the right angle. Using these three definitions, we have established three ratios to define the angle in relation to the lengths of sides. Sine - The ratio of the opposite side to the hypotenuse of the triangle [sinΘ = opposite/hypotenuse] Cosine - The ratio of the adjacent side to the hypotenuse of the triangle [cos Θ = (adjacent )/hypotenuse] Tangent - The ratio of the opposite side to the adjacent side of the triangle [tan Θ = opposite/adjacent]. These worksheets and lessons help students learn to find missing angles through the use of trigonometric functions and formulas.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

Find the missing values to make these answers correct.

  • Homework 1 - Find the missing angle when you are given the following dimensions. BC = 6 ; AC = 12 ; Cos ____ = 6 / 12
  • Homework 2 - You should start by evaluating what is missing in the system and go from there.
  • Homework 3 - Which function best fits that angle?

Practice Worksheets

Work with the dimensions to find all the missing pieces.

  • Practice 1 - Note the points of the triangle before you make your assumption.
  • Practice 2 - Don't get lost in your angles.
  • Practice 3 - Where are things breaking down here.

Math Skill Quizzes

See what strategies you use to find everything that is missing and lost.

  • Quiz 1 - Two complementary angles measure y and 45º. How many degrees are there in y?
  • Quiz 2 - Two vertical angles measure 5x and 150º. How many degrees are there in x?
  • Quiz 3 - See if you can find those angles.