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Law of Sines and the Ambiguous Case

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High School Geometry - HSG-SRT.D.10

What is the Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sines? When you are using the Law of Sines to find a missing angles within a triangle, you will run into situations where you could create two completely different triangles based on the information that is being presented to you. Normally in these situations we would use the SSA theorem to find that value, but since this calls for alternate interpretations of what is available, this does not apply. This leads to one of several different scenarios. The triangle based on the given information does not exist. There can also be a situation where two separate triangles could possibly be formed. In this case we will determine the solution twice, one for each missing of the two possible triangles. These worksheets and lessons help students learn how to manipulate the use of the law of sines to determine missing measures when you run into an ambiguous case.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

These problems are really neat. You need to find out how many triangles you can make from the givens.

  • Homework 1 - If we use the reference angle 44° in Quadrant II, the angle C is 136°.
  • Homework 2 - Use the Law of Sines: a/sin A = c/sin c
  • Homework 3 - With m < A = 60° and m < C =. 137° the sum of the angles would exceed 180°.

Practice Worksheets

A rough diagram is provided to help students focus on the concept skills.

  • Practice 1 - How many distinct triangles can be drawn given these measurements?
  • Practice 2 - m < A = 58° a = 12 c = 6 .
  • Practice 3 - Since sin C must be < 1, no angle exists for angle C. NO triangles exists for these measurements.

Math Skill Quizzes

Find all the missing pieces and parts using geometry.

  • Quiz 1 - From the diagram solve the following: m < A = 65° a = 17 b = 16
  • Quiz 2 - Calculate the value of sin-1 0.29
  • Quiz 3 - Find tan X. YX = 8 XZ = 4 YZ = 2

Tips for Solving Trigonometry Problems

Students often get to solving the Trigonometry Problems stage when they are in the ninth grade and it can get tricky at times. In this topic, we will be covering a general or basic idea regarding Solving Trigonometry Problems along with some useful tips. In mathematics, it is essential to understand how you understand something rather than memorizing the steps. Trigonometry is the study of triangles. Let's discuss some of the tips. 1. The first step involves remembering the formulas and definitions. Unless and until you are familiar with the identities and the background information of a trigonometric problem, till then, you cannot get better at Solving Trigonometry Problems. 2. The second tip is practice. The real reason why most students struggle with solving trigonometric problems is because of a lack of practice. Learning the formulas is the easier part; the bigger challenge is to maintain the continuous practice of every single formula and learning variations of problems. 3. Practice your way into difficulty. If you are getting too comfortable with a particular level of difficulty, then it is recommended you increase the level and do more difficult ones.