In this section we learn how to use SOH CAH TOA to find unknown side lengths in right angle triangles.
What You'll find here:
Given a right angle triangle, the method for finding an unknown side length, can be summarized in three steps:
The first scenario we learn about is the one illsutrated here.
In the following tutorial we learn how to deal with the simpler scenario in which the unknown side length ends-up on the trigonometric ratio's numerator.
This makes the required algebra, for finding \(x\), relatively simple (all we had to do was multiply by \(8\) to find an expression for \(x\)).
We'll be seeing, in scenario 2, that this won't always be the case. Indeed, in the more complicated cases: \(x\) will be on the denominator and it will require a little more algebra to find an expression for \(x\).
The second scenario we learn about is the one illsutrated here.
This makes the required algebra, for finding \(x\), relatively simple (all we had to do was multiply by \(8\) to find an expression for \(x\)).
We'll be seeing, in scenario 2, that this won't always be the case. Indeed, in the more complicated cases: \(x\) will be on the denominator and it will require a little more algebra to find an expression for \(x\).
In the following tutorial we learn how to deal with the simpler scenario in which the unknown side length ends-up on the trigonometric ratio's numerator.
If you feel confident to start working on exercises now, scroll down to work through the exercise further down.
Otherwise make sure to watch this "summary" tutorial, in which we review the two methods for finding uknown side lengths in right angle triangles.
In each of the following right angle triangles, find the unknown side length marked x:
In the following tutorial we learn how to deal with the scenario in which the unknown side length ends-up on the trigonometric ratio's denominator.
In each of the following right angle triangles, find the unknown side length marked x:
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