# Wacky trig. I am totally lost.

• shyboyswin
In summary, the problem involves finding the value of x in intersecting triangles. The solution does not require trigonometry, but rather relies on the concept of similar triangles. The only given information is that the angle opposite the 12 is twice the angle opposite the 6.
shyboyswin
Intersecting triangles.

## Homework Statement

Find x

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3043/trighj0.png

## Homework Equations

trig and inverse trig functions?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea how to solve this. When I try and use the trig that I know to find the lengths, I also end up having to depend on other variables.

The only thing I was able to find out is that the angle opposite the 12 is twice the that of the 6.

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The TANGENT of the angle opposite 12 is twice the tangent of the angle opposite 6, if that's what you mean. But no trig necessary here. It's all similar triangles. Write down some relations you get from similarity.

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Oh. Thanks for the tip. I got it now.

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