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Triangles
Trianglesarethreesidedpolygons.Oneofthemostinterestingthingsabouttrianglesisthatifyousumupthethree
angleswithinanytriangle,theywillalwaystotal180degrees.Thiscomesinhandywhenworkingongeometry
problems.
Thereareseveraltypesoftriangles.Sometrianglescanbedescribedbytheirsides,liketheequilateral,isosceles,
andscalenetriangles.Sometrianglesaredescribedbytheiranglesliketheright,obtuse,andacutetriangles.
EquilateralTriangle

Theequilateraltriangleisatrianglewithsidesthatareallthesamelength.The
threeinterioranglesareallthesametoo.Ifweusewhatwelearnedabove,
thatalltheanglesmusttotal180degrees,theneachangleinanequilateral
triangleis180/3=60degrees.

IsoscelesTriangle

Anisoscelestriangleisatrianglewithtwoequalsides.Asaresultofhaving
twoequalsides,twooftheangleswillbethesametoo.

ScaleneTriangle
Ascalenetriangleisonewherenoneofthesidesarethesamelength.
RightTriangle
Therighttriangleisonewhereoneofitsanglesis90degrees.Thistypeoftrianglehassomeuniqueproperties
thatareimportanttogeometryincludingthePythagoreanTheorem.Trianglesthatarenotrighttriangles,ordon't
haveone90degreeangle,arecalledoblique.

AcuteTriangle
Anacutetriangleisatrianglewherealltheinterioranglesarelessthan90degrees.
ObtuseTriangle
Anobtusetriangleistheoppositeofanacutetriangleinthatitisatrianglewhereoneangleisgreaterthan90
degrees.
Acuteandobtusetrianglesarebothoblique.
FunFactsaboutTriangles
Trianglesarebecomingusedmoreinconstruction.Theyarehardertousethanrectangles,butcanbe
strongerandmaybemoreresistanttoearthquakes.

Ifyoudrawalineinarectanglefromfarcornertocorneryoucuttherectangleintotworighttriangles.
Ifyouknowtwooftheanglesinatriangle,youcanalwaysfigureoutthethirdbecausetheymustaddupto
180degrees.
Thesumofthelengthsofanytwosidesofatriangleisalwayslongerthanthethirdside.
Thetriangleandtwoisatypeofdefenseusedinbasketball.
InNorthCarolinatherearethreecities:Raleigh,Durham,andChapelHill,thatareoftenreferredtoasThe
Triangle.

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