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Working with Right Triangles

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High School Geometry - HSG-SRT.C.8

Tips for Working with Right Triangles - A right-angled triangle is one where one of the angles is 90 degrees. Working with right-angled triangles is relatively easier compared to other types of triangles. The reason behind this is simple. You always know the angles, and this can help solve many trigonometric word problems. One of the most common uses of right-angled triangles is the use of the Pythagoras theorem, which is Perp2 + Base2 = Hyp2. Working with right-angled triangles or solving problems that involved right-angled triangles, we use the properties of sines, cosines, and tangents for figuring out the solutions. Here are some other formulas that can be used with right-angled triangles to identify its unknown parts. Sines: sin A = a/c, sin B = b/c | Cosines: cos A = b/c, cos B = a/c | Tangents: tan A = a/b, tan B = b/a Let's just look at some of the cases where we don't know all the sides. Suppose we don't know the sides, but we are familiar with the other two sides. Using the Pythagoras theorem, we can easily identify the remaining two sides. This series of lessons and worksheets teach students how to complete figure out all measures on right triangles through a wide variety of techniques.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

There are just so many different ways you can handle these problems.

  • Homework 1 - A triangle contains exactly one 90° angle. The other two angles must total exactly 90 degrees. The famous Pythagoras Theorem defines the relationship between the three sides of a right triangle.
  • Homework 2 - Jack saw a building that is 75 feet in height. The building casts a 30 foot shadow. What is the angle of elevation from the end of the shadow to the top of the building with respect to the ground?
  • Homework 3 - A right triangle's opposite side is 10 and the hypotenuse is 18. Find the value of normal base?

Practice Worksheets

Over the course of the practice I show two different methods for answering the problems.

  • Practice 1 - Find the value of normal opposite side?
  • Practice 2 - Mark drives 10 km due east of his home. Then he heads 12km north. What is the total distance that he has travelled from his house?
  • Practice 3 - Mr. Mike wants to purchase a square shaped table for his office. Table height is 6 feet. Mr. Mike ties a diagonal ribbon on the table. How long must be the ribbon?

Math Skill Quizzes

The first one is just with plain old triangles. The last two are all application word problems.

  • Quiz 1 - A right triangle has a opposite side that is 10 units in length and a hypotenuse that is 14 units. Find the value of base?
  • Quiz 2 - A road light is 40 feet in height and casts a shadow that is 15 feet long. What is the angle of elevation from the end of the shadow to the top of the road light with respect to the ground? This is assuming that the road light is 100% straight.
  • Quiz 3 - Alan has a square shaped television. The height of television is 8 inches. Alan wants to put a diagonal paper on the television. How long must the paper be?

How Does This Apply to Real Life?

Understanding how to use and manipulate right triangles is one of the most important skills that covered in trigonometry. All of these geometric shapes consist of a single angle that measures ninety degrees. This allows use to use the Pythagorean theorem to our advantage to determine any unknown side or angle within the figure as long as we have a reference side or angle to work off of. In your everyday life you can use this to help achieve very similar things. The minute that you lean a ladder against a straight wall, you have created a right triangle. Want to know the height of the ladder, at what point it touches the wall, or the angle of the ladder, that can all be determined using the same exact math. You can use this math to determine the heights of building or natural structure in much the same way. When we are working with maps to locate areas or plot exact distances between objects, these figures can be pivotal to help you complete this. Anything that involves a coordinate system can be manipulated and better understood with the help of these figures. Mainly because if understand one measure you can learn a great deal about the system it is surrounded in.