Sender: pierre boivin Subject: sines & cosine law Triangle LMN, angle L=71 degree , LM= 7.2 , MN=8.3 , ln= 5.9 The questiion was to find angle M. Using the cosine law I found the answer to be 44 degree. It is also the book answer. Using the sines law I found the answer to be 42.2 degree. why can't I use the sines law.
Thank you. Hi Pierre, If a triangle has two sides of length 7.2 and 5.9 and the angle between these sides is 71^{o} then using the the law of sines the third side is of length 8.53346 not 8.3. Either that or L is not 71 degrees. Something is inconsistent here because a triangle is determined by three of the four items you listed.
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