# Homework Help: Isoceles Triangles

1. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
triangle dfg and triangle fgh are isoceles. measure of angle fdh=28. dg=fg=fh. Find measure of angle dfg.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Oct 25, 2008

### HallsofIvy

I don't see any way of determining that. We can take angle dfg to be any number less than 28, make angle gfh 28 minus that angle, and have the situation you describe.

3. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

Could you use SSS or something like that ?

4. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

HallsofIvy are you still there?

5. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

I took another look. I would only use the isoceles triangle theorem....right?:surprised

6. Oct 25, 2008

### Gear300

yup...I'd say you could...though...HallsofIvy is more understanding with mathematics, so you might want to wait for an answer from him for a better perspective.

7. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

Thanks Gear300. I will still take your advice on waiting for HallsofIvy to answer. But thanks very MUCH.

8. Oct 25, 2008

### HallsofIvy

What do you mean by "the isosceles triangle theorem"? That the base angles are equal? That would help you knew one of angles in one of the two isosceles triangles- but you don't. Are you assuming that the two triangles are congruent? You didn't say that.

Without that, as I said before, you could construct two triangles, having vertex angles that sum to 28 degrees, that would satisfy the conditions here. The vertex angle dfg could be anything from 0 to 28.

9. Oct 25, 2008

### Dragondude

But the Isoceles triangle theorem says that if two sides of a triangle are congruent then the angles opposite those sides are congruent. So if you used that theorem with triangle dfg then you could say that angle dfg is 28 degrees, because angle fdh is 28 degrees. Right? Can you take a look at post #7 where I said maybe I could use only use the Isoceles triangle theorem.

10. Oct 25, 2008

### HallsofIvy

fdh is not an angle in any isosceles triangle. The base angles of triangle dgf are fdg and dfg. The base angles in triangle fgh are hgf and fhg. fdh is a an angle in triangle fdh which is NOT isosceles.

11. Oct 26, 2008

### Dragondude

I checked the book and it said I was right. Here is a picture of the triangle in my book.

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12. Oct 26, 2008

### HallsofIvy

Thanks. For some reason that wasn't at all how I visualized it! Yes, in that picture, fdh is a base angle in an isosceles triangle and is congruent to dfg.