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By "solving" I mean finding missing sides and angles.

If you know any 3 of the sides or angles ... ... you can find the other 3

(Except for 3 angles, because you need at least one side to find how big the triangle is.)

**Six Different Types
**

If you need to solve a triangle right now, then choose one of the six options below: Which Sides or Angles do you know already? (Click on the image, or link)

AAA Three Angles

AAS Two Angles and a Side not between

ASA

SAS

SSA

SSS Three Sides

Two Angles Two Sides and Two Sides and and an Angle an Angle not a Side between between between

... or read on to find out how you can become an expert triangle solver:

**Your Solving Toolbox
**

Want to learn to solve triangles? Imagine you are "The Solver" ... the one they ask for when a triangle needs solving! In your solving toolbox (along with your pen, paper and calculator) you have these 3 equations:

Law of Sines (the Sine Rule): If there is an angle opposite a side. It is an enhanced version of the Pythagoras Theorem that works on any triangle. 3. Six Different Types (More Detail) There are SIX different types of puzzles you may need to solve. Note: angle A is opposite side a. A AAA triangle is impossible to solve further since there are is nothing to show us size . The angles always add to 180°: A + B + C = 180° When you know two angles you can find the third. . B is opposite b.. Get familiar with them: 1. Law of Cosines (the Cosine Rule): This is the hardest to use (and remember) but it is sometimes needed to get you out of difficult situations. and C is opposite c. but no sides.. this equation will come to the rescue. we know the shape but not how big it is. 2.1. AAA: This means we are given all three angles of a triangle.

3. and The Law of Sines to find each of the other two sides. 4. See Solving "AAA" Triangles .You are going to need to know at least one side to proceed further. Such a triangle can be easily solved by using Angles of a Triangle to find the other angle. then use The Law of Sines to find each of the other two sides. SAS This means we are given two sides and the included angle. See Solving "AAS" Triangles. See Solving "ASA" Triangles . 2. which is the side adjacent to the two given angles. ASA This means we are given two angles of a triangle and one side. AAS This mean we are given two angles of a triangle and one side. In this case we find the third angle by using Angles of a Triangle. which is not the side adjacent to the two given angles. .

then we can use The Law of Sines to find one of the other two angles. In this case. In this case.For this type of triangle. we must use The Law of Cosines first to calculate the third side of the triangle. SSS This means we are given all three sides of a triangle. We must use The Law of Cosines first to find any one of the three angles. See Solving "SSA" Triangles . 6. use The Law of Sines first to find either one of the other two angles. 5. but no angles. and finally use Angles of a Triangle to find the last angle. then we can use The Law of Sines (or use The Law of Cosines again) to find a . See Solving "SAS" Triangles . SSA This means we are given two sides and one angle that is not the included angle. we have no choice. then use Angles of a Triangle to find the third angle. then The Law of Sines again to find the last remaining side.

that is usually much simpler. If the triangle has a right angle. . so. 1. use the former. 1. Usually The Law of Sines is easier to use than The Law of Cosines. then use it . if you have a choice. and finally Angles of a Triangle to find the third angle. then the type of triangle will determine whether we use The Law of Sines or The Law of Cosines. See Solving "SSS" Triangles .second angle. Tips to Solving Here is some simple advice: 1. If the triangle has no right angle.

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