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Trigonometrycanbeusedtocalculatethelengthsofsidesandsizesofangles
inrightangledtriangles.

Thethreeformulae:sin,cos,tan
Thesidesoftherightangledtrianglesaregivenspecialnamesthehypotenuse,
theoppositeandtheadjacent.
Thehypotenuseisthelongestsideandisalwaysoppositetherightangle.The
oppositeandadjacentsidesrelatetotheangleunderconsideration.
Clickonthecorrectsideofthetriangleonthediagrambelow.

Therearethreeformulaeinvolvedintrigonometry:

sin=opposite/hypotenuse

cos=adjacent/hypotenuse

tan=opposite/adjacent

Whichformulayouusewilldependontheinformationgiveninthequestion.
Thereareacoupleofwaystohelpyourememberwhichformulatouse.Remember
SOHCAHTOA(itsoundslike'Sockatoa')orSomeOldHagCrackedAllHerTeethOn
Apples.

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