Name: nishi
Who is asking: Student Question: how do i prove (a simply as possible) why the bond angles of a tetrahedral polygon are 109.5 degrees? *i already have two explanations that i don't understand. one is about "theory of dot products" and "vectors" and a hooklike symbol w/ a cosine, and the other has an incomprhensible diagram w/ difficult notation PLEASE BE SIMPLE! thanks sooo much Hi Nishi,
Imagine that you create the tetrahedron by joining opposite vertices on the faces of a cube as in the diagram below. To simplify the arithmetic assume that the cube has sides of length 2.
Let O be the point at the center of the cube (equidistant from the eight vertices) as in the diagram below. Construct the triangle OPQ.
Consider the triangle OPQ. Let R be the midpoint of PQ. Since the sided of the cube are of length 2, a use of Pythagoras' Theorem gives PQ = . Also, since O is at the center of the cube, OR = 1. From the diagram the tangent of the angle ROP is . Thus Harley
