# Hard Math Problem

## Main Question or Discussion Point

I have no idea how to do this problem can you guys shed some light?

Sqrt^2 == r^2 + r^2 - 2 * r * r * Cos[2 * Pi / 3]

Thanks.

Integral
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Do you mean:

$${(\sqrt 7)}^2 = r^2 + r^2 -2rr \cos{(\frac {2 \pi} 3)}$$
?

well first of all, thats the law of cosines. if i were you, i'd draw your triangle out, and use the law of sines which is simpler.
if you really need to solve it that way, its pretty simple. multiply everything out, and then factor out r^2 and solve.

not really sure where you got stuck, but you also have to show your work here.

Gokul43201
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Is this the problem :

$$\sqrt{7}^2 = r^2 + r^2 - 2r^2 cos \left( \frac{2 \pi}{3} \right)$$ ?

Can you not simplify the LHS, collect terms in the RHS and plug in the value of the cosine to end up with a trivial quadratic ? Or did I misunderstand the question ?

Gokul43201 said:
Is this the problem :

$$\sqrt{7}^2 = r^2 + r^2 - 2r^2 cos \left( \frac{2 \pi}{3} \right)$$ ?

Can you not simplify the LHS, collect terms in the RHS and plug in the value of the cosine to end up with a trivial quadratic ? Or did I misunderstand the question ?
Nope! Also, 1-cos(theta) = 2sin^2(theta/2)
which simplifies most of the things for you, infact i think you can do it with your hands tied behind your back.

-- AI

What is asked actually? to find r? Or something related to the triangle? If it is to find r, cos(2pi/3)=-1/2. the rest is easy.