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Subject: right triangle
Name: Eric

Who are you: Parent

I have a right triangle and the only known leg is one leg adjacent to the right angle. The question is how to find either of the other angles?

Hi Eric,

Neither of the other angles is determined by your description. In the diagram each of the right triangles APQ, BPQ, CPQ, DPQ and EPQ have the side PQ in common and yet the angles in each triangle are different.



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