# 7.7 Solve Right Triangles

7.7 Solve Right Triangles

Before Now Why?

You used tangent, sine, and cosine ratios. You will use inverse tangent, sine, and cosine ratios. So you can build a saddlerack, as in Ex. 39.

Key Vocabulary ? solve a right

triangle ? inverse tangent ? inverse sine ? inverse cosine

To solve a right triangle means to find the measures of all of its sides and angles. You can solve a right triangle if you know either of the following:

? Two side lengths

? One side length and the measure of one acute angle

In Lessons 7.5 and 7.6, you learned how to use the side lengths of a right triangle to find trigonometric ratios for the acute angles of the triangle. Once you know the tangent, the sine, or the cosine of an acute angle, you can use a calculator to find the measure of the angle.

READ VOCABULARY

The expression "tan21x" is read as "the inverse tangent of x."

KEY CONCEPT

For Your Notebook

Inverse Trigonometric Ratios Let A be an acute angle.

B

A

C

Inverse Tangent If tan A 5 x, then tan21 x 5 m A.

tan21 } ABCC 5 m A

Inverse Sine If sin A 5 y, then sin21 y 5 m A.

sin21 } ABBC 5 m A

Inverse Cosine If cos A 5 z, then cos21 z 5 m A.

cos21 } AABC 5 m A

E X A M P L E 1 Use an inverse tangent to find an angle measure

Use a calculator to approximate the measure C of A to the nearest tenth of a degree.

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Solution

B

20

A

Because tan A 5 } 1250 5 }43 5 0.75, tan21 0.75 5 m A. Use a calculator.

tan?1 0.75 ? 36.86989765 . . .

c So, the measure of A is approximately 36.98.

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E X A M P L E 2 Use an inverse sine and an inverse cosine

ANOTHER WAY

You can use the Table of

Trigonometric Ratios on

p. 925 to approximate sin21 0.87 to the

nearest degree. Find the

number closest to 0.87

in the sine column and

read the angle measure

at the left.

Let A and B be acute angles in a right triangle. Use a calculator to approximate the measures of A and B to the nearest tenth of a degree.

a. sin A 5 0.87

b. cos B 5 0.15

Solution a. m A 5 sin21 0.87 ? 60.58

b. m B 5 cos21 0.15 ? 81.48

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1 and 2

1. Look back at Example 1. Use a calculator and an inverse tangent to approximate m C to the nearest tenth of a degree.

2. Find m D to the nearest tenth of a degree if sin D 5 0.54.

E X A M P L E 3 Solve a right triangle

Solve the right triangle. Round decimal answers

A

to the nearest tenth.

Solution

STEP 1 Find m B by using the Triangle Sum

Theorem.

428 70 ft

1808 5 908 1 428 1 m B 488 5 m B

C

B

STEP 2 Approximate BC by using a tangent ratio.

ANOTHER WAY

You could also find AB by using the Pythagorean Theorem, or a sine ratio.

tan

428

5

BC } 70

70 p tan 428 5 BC

Write ratio for tangent of 428. Multiply each side by 70.

70 p 0.9004 ? BC Approximate tan 428. 63 ? BC Simplify and round answer.

STEP 3 Approximate AB using a cosine ratio.

cos 428 5 } A7B0

Write ratio for cosine of 428.

AB p cos 428 5 70

Multiply each side by AB.

AB 5 } co7s0428

Divide each side by cos 428.

AB ? } 0.774031

Use a calculator to find cos 428.

AB ? 94.2

Simplify .

c The angle measures are 428, 488, and 908. The side lengths are 70 feet, about 63 feet, and about 94 feet.

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E X A M P L E 4 Solve a real-world problem

READ VOCABULARY

A raked stage slants upward from front to back to give the audience a better view.

THEATER DESIGN Suppose your school is building a raked stage. The stage will be 30 feet long from front to back, with a total rise of 2 feet. A rake (angle of elevation) of 58 or less is generally preferred for the safety and comfort of the actors. Is the raked stage you are building within the range suggested?

audience x8

stage front

stage back 30 ft

2 ft

Solution

Use the sine and inverse sine ratios to find the degree measure x of the rake.

sin

x8

5

opp. } hyp.

5

} 320

?

0.0667

x ? sin21 0.0667 ? 3.824

c The rake is about 3.88, so it is within the suggested range of 58 or less.

GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 3 and 4

3. Solve a right triangle that has a 408 angle and a 20 inch hypotenuse. 4. WHAT IF? In Example 4, suppose another raked stage is 20 feet long from

front to back with a total rise of 2 feet. Is this raked stage safe? Explain.

7.7 EXERCISES

SKILL PRACTICE

HOMEWORK KEY

5 WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS on p. WS1 for Exs. 5, 13, and 35

# 5 STANDARDIZED TEST PRACTICE

Exs. 2, 9, 29, 30, 35, 40, and 41

5 MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS Ex. 39

1. VOCABULARY Copy and complete: To solve a right triangle means to find the measures of all of its ? and ? .

2. # WRITING Explain when to use a trigonometric ratio to find a side

length of a right triangle and when to use the Pythagorean Theorem.

EXAMPLE 1 USING INVERSE TANGENTS Use a calculator to approximate the measure of

on p. 483

A to the nearest tenth of a degree.

for Exs. 3?5

3. C

4. B

22

A

5.

A

12

10

B

18

A

C

4

C

14

B

7.7 Solve Right Triangles 485

EXAMPLE 2

on p. 484 for Exs. 6?9

USING INVERSE SINES AND COSINES Use a calculator to approximate the measure of A to the nearest tenth of a degree.

6. A

7. B 6 A

8.

C

11 B 5C

10 C

12 A 7B

9. # MULTIPLE CHOICE Which expression is correct? L

J

A

sin

21

JL } JK

5

m

J

B

tan

21

KL } JL

5

m

J

C

cos

21

JL } JK

5

m

K

D

sin

21

JL } KL

5

m

K

K

EXAMPLE 3

on p. 484 for Exs. 10?18

SOLVING RIGHT TRIANGLES Solve the right triangle. Round decimal answers to the nearest tenth.

10.

K

11.

8

P

658 10

12. R 578

M 408

L

N

P

S

15

T

13. B

12

A

9 C

14. E 3 D

F 15. G

14

H

9

16

J

16.

C

5.2

43.68 B

17. E

8 3

A

F

D 18.

J

14 3

29.98

G

10 7

H

8

ERROR ANALYSIS Describe and correct the student's error in using an inverse trigonometric ratio.

19.

20.

sin21

7 } WY

5

368

cos21

8 }15

5

m

T

W

7

36?

Y

X

V

15

8

T

17

U

486

CALCULATOR Let A be an acute angle in a right triangle. Approximate the measure of A to the nearest tenth of a degree.

21. sin A 5 0.5

22. sin A 5 0.75

23. cos A 5 0.33

24. cos A 5 0.64

25. tan A 5 1.0

26. tan A 5 0.28

27. sin A 5 0.19

28. cos A 5 0.81

5 WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS on p. WS1

# 5 STANDARDIZED

TEST PRACTICE

29. # MULTIPLE CHOICE Which additional information would not be enough

to solve nPRQ?

P

A m P and PR B m P and m R

C PQ and PR D m P and PQ

P

R

30. # WRITING Explain why it is incorrect to say that tan21 x 5 } ta1n x.

31.

SPECIAL RIGHT TRIANGLES

what is m B?

If sin A 5 }21?} 2, what is m A? If sin B 5 }21?} 3,

32. TRIGONOMETRIC VALUES Use the Table of Trigonometric Ratios on page 925 to answer the questions. a. What angles have nearly the same sine and tangent values? b. What angle has the greatest difference in its sine and tangent value? c. What angle has a tangent value that is double its sine value? d. Is sin 2x equal to 2 p sin x?

33. CHALLENGE The perimeter of rectangle ABCD is 16 centimeters, and the ratio of its width to its length is 1 : 3. Segment BD divides the rectangle into two congruent triangles. Find the side lengths and angle measures of one of these triangles.

PROBLEM SOLVING

EXAMPLE 4

on p. 485 for Exs. 34?36

34. SOCCER A soccer ball is placed 10 feet away from the goal, which is 8 feet high. You kick the ball and it hits the crossbar along the top of the goal. What is the angle of elevation of your kick?

GPSQSPCMFNTPMWJOHIFMQBUDMBTT[POFDPN

35. # SHORT RESPONSE You are standing on a footbridge in a city

park that is 12 feet high above a pond. You look down and see a duck in the water 7 feet away from the footbridge. What is the angle of depression? Explain your reasoning.

you 12 ft

GPSQSPCMFNTPMWJOHIFMQBUDMBTT[POFDPN

7 ft duck

36. CLAY In order to unload clay easily, the body of a dump truck must be elevated to at least 558. If the body of the dump truck is 14 feet long and has been raised 10 feet, will the clay pour out easily?

37. REASONING For n ABC shown, each of the expressions

B

sin 21 } BACB, cos 21 } AACB, and tan 21 } BACC can be used to

15

approximate the measure of A. Which expression would you

choose? Explain your choice.

C

22

A

7.7 Solve Right Triangles 487

488

38. MULTI-STEP PROBLEM You are standing on a plateau that is 800 feet above a basin where you can see two hikers.

A

800 ft

B

C

a. If the angle of depression from your line of sight to the hiker at B is 258, how far is the hiker from the base of the plateau?

b. If the angle of depression from your line of sight to the hiker at C is 158, how far is the hiker from the base of the plateau?

c. How far apart are the two hikers? Explain.

39. MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS A local ranch offers

trail rides to the public. It has a variety of different sized

saddles to meet the needs of horse and rider. You are

going to build saddle racks that are 11 inches high. To save

wood, you decide to make each rack fit each saddle.

a. Making a Table The lengths of the saddles range from 20 inches to 27 inches. Make a table showing the saddle rack length x and the measure of the adjacent angle y8.

b. Drawing a Graph Use your table to draw a scatterplot.

c. Making a Conjecture Make a conjecture about the relationship between the length of the rack and the angle needed.

40. # OPEN-ENDED MATH Describe a real-world problem you could solve

using a trigonometric ratio.

41. # EXTENDED RESPONSE Your town is building a wind generator to create

electricity for your school. The builder wants your geometry class to make sure that the guy wires are placed so that the tower is secure. By safety guidelines, the distance along the ground from the tower to the guy wire's connection with the ground should be between 50% to 75% of the height of the guy wire's connection with the tower.

a. The tower is 64 feet tall. The builders plan to have the distance along the ground from the tower to the guy wire's connection with the ground be 60% of the height of the tower. How far apart are the tower and the ground connection of the wire?

b. How long will a guy wire need to be that is attached 60 feet above the ground?

c. How long will a guy wire need to be that is attached 30 feet above the ground?

d. Find the angle of elevation of each wire. Are the right triangles formed by the ground, tower, and wires congruent, similar, or neither? Explain.

e. Explain which trigonometric ratios you used to solve the problem.

5 WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS on p. WS1

# 5 STANDARDIZED

TEST PRACTICE

5 MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS

42. CHALLENGE Use the diagram of n ABC.

GIVEN c n ABC with altitude } CD.

PROVE c } sina A 5 } sinb B

C

b

a

A

D

B

c

MIXED REVIEW

PREVIEW

Prepare for Lesson 8.1 in Ex. 43.

43. Copy and complete the table. (p. 42)

Number of sides 5 12 ? ? 7

Type of polygon ? ?

Octagon Triangle

?

Number of sides ? ? 10 9 ?

Type of polygon n-gon

Quadrilateral ? ?

Hexagon

A point on an image and the transformation are given. Find the corresponding point on the original figure. (p. 272) 44. Point on image: (5, 1); translation: (x, y) (x 1 3, y 2 2) 45. Point on image: (4, 26); reflection: (x, y) (x, 2y) 46. Point on image: (22, 3); translation: (x, y) (x 2 5, y 1 7)

Draw a dilation of the polygon with the given vertices using the given scale factor k. (p. 409)

47. A(2, 2), B(21, 23), C(5, 23); k 5 2

48. A(24, 22), B(22, 4), C(3, 6), D(6, 3); k 5 }12

QUIZ for Lessons 7.5?7.7

Find the value of x to the nearest tenth.

1.

(p. 466)

658

x

18

2. (p. 473) x

368 11

3.

(p. 473)

578

x

14

Solve the right triangle. Round decimal answers to the nearest tenth. (p. 483)

4.

C 5. D

17

F

6. G

5 10

A

13

B

E

28.98

H

13

J

EXTRA PRACTICE for Lesson 7.7, p. 909

ONLINE QUIZ at

489

Extension

Use after Lesson 7.7

Law of Sines and Law of Cosines

GOAL Use trigonometry with acute and obtuse triangles. The trigonometric ratios you have seen so far in this chapter can be used to find angle and side measures in right triangles. You can use the Law of Sines to find angle and side measures in any triangle.

KEY CONCEPT

Law of Sines If n ABC has sides of length a, b, and c as shown, then } sina A 5 } sinb B 5 } sinc C.

For Your Notebook

B

c

a

A

b

C

E X A M P L E 1 Find a distance using Law of Sines

DISTANCE Use the information in the diagram to determine how much closer you live to the music store than your friend does.

Solution

STEP 1 Use the Law of Sines to find the

distance a from your friend's home to the music store.

your home A 818

music shop C

b 348

a

1.5 mi 658 your friend's

B home

} sina A 5 } sinc C

Write Law of Sines.

} sina818 5 } sin1.3548

Substitute.

a ? 2.6

Solve for a.

STEP 2 Use the Law of Sines to find the distance b from your home to the

music store.

} sinb B 5 } sinc C

Write Law of Sines.

} sinb658 5 } sin1.3548

Substitute.

b ? 2.4

Solve for b.

STEP 3 Subtract the distances.

a 2 b ? 2.6 2 2.4 5 0.2 c You live about 0.2 miles closer to the music store.

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