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Use the cosinus law to prove this formula

  1. Feb 4, 2012 #1
    Hey! I have a problem here that I can't solve, help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    In a triangle ABC with sides a, b and c, B is 60°. Use the cosinus law to prove this formula:

    http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP54721a0508eiidf5ddbd00005aahbcg10134ag4h?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=34&w=147&h=47 [Broken]

    2. The attempt at a solution

    I have no idea how to solve this so I was hoping you guys could at least point me in the right direction.

    -Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2012 #2

    micromass

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    What does the cosine law state in this case?
     
  4. Feb 4, 2012 #3
    Sorry, but what do you mean? I know the cosine law is: http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP45341a050abcb84ib7df000067dfbce6f994ai94?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=10&w=167&h=18 [Broken] but I just don't know what to do with it. Should I solve for c?
     
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  5. Feb 4, 2012 #4

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    Can you state the cosine law where you take cos(B) instead of cos(A)??
     
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  6. Feb 4, 2012 #5
    So I get http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP6381a050h93gegh83bh00001796145faf9g758g?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=35&w=178&h=18 [Broken]? Sorry if I'm slow :/
     
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  7. Feb 4, 2012 #6

    micromass

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    And cos(60)=... ??
     
  8. Feb 4, 2012 #7
    ok 0.5 so I get http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP11051a050h26b3g19eba000052d70cgif2ch1ich?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=16&w=112&h=18 [Broken]?
     
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  9. Feb 4, 2012 #8

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    Sorry, there was something wrong before that. If you switch A and B, then you also need to switch a, b and c around...
     
  10. Feb 4, 2012 #9
    So I get http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP48411a050dgeddd2i67000003ecabg685d804cd1?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=18&w=112&h=18 [Broken]?
     
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  11. Feb 4, 2012 #10

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    Now try to work the formula in the OP into the formula you just found.
     
  12. Feb 4, 2012 #11
    ok I got this http://www4c.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP44471a050d98d94cbeec000020fe90ga7i8984hb?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=9&w=210&h=54 [Broken]
    Is that correct?
     
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