# Law of sines Problem

1. Aug 20, 2007

### bengaltiger14

Law of sines Problem....

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Solve for angle A:

sin(135)/56.6 = sin(A)/45 = sin(15)/15

3. The attempt at a solution

sin(135)/56.6 = sin(A) = 45sin(15)/15

Am I on the correct track?

2. Aug 20, 2007

### G01

You are on the right track, and you have the right idea, but you seem to be confused with that second equal sign.

$$\frac{\sin 135}{56.6}=\frac{\sin A}{45}=\frac{\sin 15}{15}$$

All this above line says is:

$$\frac{\sin A}{45}= \frac{\sin 15}{15}$$

and

$$\frac{\sin A}{45}=\frac{\sin 135}{56.6}$$

All you have to do is pick one of the above equations. They should give you the same answer. Does this help?

Last edited: Aug 20, 2007
3. Aug 20, 2007

### bengaltiger14

it sure does... I was trying to solve all together at once. Could not figure out how but that makes sense what you said. Thanks.

4. Aug 20, 2007

### G01

No Problem!

5. Aug 20, 2007

### Dick

I'm confused. Why not just use 135+A+15=180 to solve for A? And with the given figures all of the ratios are only roughly equal. Are we really solving the correct problem?

6. Aug 20, 2007

### mgb_phys

I suspect we are too clever for our own good!

7. Aug 20, 2007

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
This is the second question I have seen posted under "physics" that had no physics in it! Why isn't this posted under a mathematics thread?

8. Aug 20, 2007

### mgb_phys

Because us mere physicists are scared of going over there?

9. Aug 24, 2007

### Leong

The question didn't mention that all the angles refer to the actual angles in the triangle. if the question says sin (165)/15. the below method will not work but the above method will work. right?

135+A+15=180

10. Aug 24, 2007

### Leong

if it is not in the right place, why don't the moderator move it?

11. Aug 24, 2007

### Dick

If the angles aren't the 'actual angles' of a triangle then what might they be and what could the law of sines have to do with them?

12. Aug 24, 2007

### Leong

we must analyze based on what we have

13. Aug 24, 2007

### Dick

I give up.

14. Aug 24, 2007

### Leong

in case you don't, i will....

15. Aug 24, 2007

### mgb_phys

The law of sines only works for the internal angles of a triangle in a flat plane.
I checked in case it was a trick question about spherical trig.

16. Aug 24, 2007

### lugita15

They can't be actual angles. They don't satisfy the triangle inequality.

17. Aug 24, 2007

### rocomath

i been reviewing Trig and i still have yet to finish a chapter that i've been on for 3 days!!! i didn't think Trig would take this much work.

18. Aug 24, 2007

### Dick

Then what are they? This is silly. The OP gives more information than you actually need to solve the triangle and that extra information is inconsistant. You can pick three of the given sides or angles and solve a triangle - but you get somewhat different triangles depending on which three you pick.