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1 CHAPTER 9 Right Triangle Trigonometry Chapter Outline 9.1 THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM 9.2 CONVERSE OF THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM 9.3 USING SIMILAR RIGHT TRIANGLES 9.4 SPECIAL RIGHT TRIANGLES 9.5 TANGENT, SINE AND COSINE 9.6 INVERSE TRIGONOMETRIC RATIOS 9.7 EXTENSION: LAWS OF SINES AND COSINES 9.8 CHAPTER 9REVIEW 9.9 EXTENSION: RADIAN MEASURE 9.10 REFERENCES This chapter explores right triangles in far more depth than previous chapters. Recall that a right triangle is a triangle with exactly one right angle. In this chapter, we will first prove the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse, followed by analyzing the sides of certain types of triangles. Then, we will introduce trigonometry, which starts with the tangent, sine and cosine ratios. Finally, we will extend sine and cosine to any triangle, through the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines. 466

2 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 9.1 The Pythagorean Theorem Learning Objectives Prove and use the Pythagorean Theorem. Identify common Pythagorean triples. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the area of isosceles triangles. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to derive the distance formula on a coordinate grid. Review Queue 1. Draw a right scalene triangle. 2. Draw an isosceles right triangle. 3. Simplify the radical. (a) (b) (c) Perform the indicated operations on the following numbers. Simplify all radicals. (a) (b) (c) Know What? All televisions dimensions refer to the diagonal of the rectangular viewing area. Therefore, for a 52 TV, 52 is the length of the diagonal. High Definition Televisions (HDTVs) have sides in the ratio of 16:9. What is the length and width of a 52 HDTV? What is the length and width of an HDTV with a y long diagonal? The Pythagorean Theorem The Pythagorean Theorem has already been used in this text, but has not been proved. Recall that the sides of a right triangle are called legs (the sides of the right angle) and the side opposite the right angle is the hypotenuse. For the Pythagorean Theorem, the legs are a and b and the hypotenuse is c. 467

3 9.1. The Pythagorean Theorem Pythagorean Theorem: Given a right triangle with legs of lengths a and b and a hypotenuse of length c, then a 2 + b 2 = c 2. There are several proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. One proof will be provided within the text and two others in the review exercises. Investigation 9-1: Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem Tools Needed: pencil, 2 pieces of graph paper, ruler, scissors, colored pencils (optional) 1. On the graph paper, draw a 3 in. square, a 4 in. square, a 5 in square and a right triangle with legs of 3 and 4 inches. 2. Cut out the triangle and square and arrange them like the picture on the right. 3. This theorem relies on area. Recall from a previous math class that the area of a square is length times width. But, because the sides are the same you can rewrite this formula as A square = length width = side side = side 2. So, the Pythagorean Theorem can be interpreted as (square with side a) 2 +(square with side b) 2 = (square with side c) 2. In this Investigation, the sides are 3, 4 and 5 inches. What is the area of each square? 4. Now, we know that = 25, or = 5 2. Cut the smaller squares to fit into the larger square, thus proving the areas are equal. Another Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem This proof is more formal, meaning that we will use letters, a,b, and c to represent the sides of the right triangle. In this particular proof, we will take four right triangles, with legs a and b and hypotenuse c and make the areas equal. 468

4 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry For two animated proofs, go to Prove the Theorem Yourself. and scroll down to And You Can Using the Pythagorean Theorem The Pythagorean Theorem can be used to find a missing side of any right triangle, to prove that three given lengths can form a right triangle, to find Pythagorean Triples, to derive the Distance Formula, and to find the area of an isosceles triangle. Here are several examples. Simplify all radicals. Example 1: Do 6, 7, and 8 make the sides of a right triangle? Solution: Plug in the three numbers into the Pythagorean Theorem. The largest length will always be the hypotenuse = = Therefore, these lengths do not make up the sides of a right triangle. Example 2: Find the length of the hypotenuse of the triangle below. Solution: Let s use the Pythagorean Theorem. Set a and b equal to 8 and 15 and solve for c, the hypotenuse = c = c = c 2 Take the square root o f both sides. 17 = c 469

5 9.1. The Pythagorean Theorem Using the square root opersation usually results in two answers, in this case either +17 or -17. However, because c represents a length, use only the positive answer. Length is never negative. Example 3: Find the missing side of the right triangle below. Solution: Here, the hypotenuse and a leg are given. Solve for b b 2 = b 2 = 196 b 2 = 147 b = 147 = = 7 3 Example 4: What is the diagonal of a rectangle with sides 10 and 16 5? Solution: For any square and rectangle, you can use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of a diagonal. Plug in the sides to find d. ( ) 2 5 = d = d = d 2 d = 1380 = Pythagorean Triples In Example 2, the sides of the triangle were 8, 15, and 17. This combination of numbers is referred to as a Pythagorean triple. Pythagorean Triple: A set of three whole numbers that makes the Pythagorean Theorem true. 470

6 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry The most frequently used Pythagorean triple is 3, 4, 5, as in Investigation Any multiple of a Pythagorean triple is also considered a triple because it would still be three whole numbers. Therefore, 6, 8, 10 and 9, 12, 15 are also sides of a right triangle. Other Pythagorean triples are: 3,4,5 5,12,13 7,24,25 8,15,17 There are infinitely many Pythagorean triples. To see if a set of numbers makes a triple, plug them into the Pythagorean Theorem. Example 5: Is 20, 21, 29 a Pythagorean triple? Solution: If is equal to 29 2, then the set is a triple. Therefore, 20, 21, and 29 is a Pythagorean triple = = = 841 Area of an Isosceles Triangle There are many different applications of the Pythagorean Theorem. One way to use The Pythagorean Theorem is to identify the heights in isosceles triangles so you can calculate the area. The area of a triangle is 1 2 bh, where b is the base and h is the height (or altitude). If the base and the sides of an isosceles triangle are given, use the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate the height. Example 6: What is the area of the isosceles triangle? Solution: First, draw the altitude from the vertex between the congruent sides, which will bisect the base (Isosceles Triangle Theorem). Then, find the length of the altitude using the Pythagorean Theorem. 471

7 9.1. The Pythagorean Theorem h 2 = h 2 = 81 h 2 = 32 h = 32 = 4 2 Now, use h and b in the formula for the area of a triangle. A = 1 2 bh = 1 (4 2 (14) ) 2 = 28 2 units 2 The Distance Formula Another application of the Pythagorean Theorem is the Distance Formula. The Distance Formula has already been used in this text; it is proved here. First, draw the vertical and horizontal lengths to make a right triangle. Then, use the differences to find these distances. The Pythagorean Theorem to find d in this right triangle. 472

8 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Distance Formula: The distance A(x 1,y 1 ) and B(x 2,y 2 ) is d = (x 1 x 2 ) 2 +(y 1 y 2 ) 2. Example 7: Find the distance between (1, 5) and (5, 2). Solution: Make A(1,5) and B(5,2). Plug into the distance formula. d = (1 5) 2 +(5 2) 2 = ( 4) 2 +(3) 2 = = 25 = 5 You might recall that the distance formula was presented as d = (x 2 x 1 ) 2 +(y 2 y 1 ) 2, with the first and second points switched. It does not matter which point is first. In Example 7, A and B could be switched and the formula would still yield the same answer. d = (5 1) 2 +(2 5) 2 = (4) 2 +( 3) 2 = = 25 = 5 Also, just like the lengths of the sides of a triangle, distances are always positive. Know What? Revisited To find the length and width of a 52 HDTV, plug in the ratios and 52 into the Pythagorean Theorem. We know that the sides are going to be a multiple of 16 and 9, which we will call n. (16n) 2 +(9n) 2 = n n 2 = n 2 = 2704 n 2 = n = Therefore, the dimensions of the TV are 16(2.833) by 9(2.833), or 45.3 by If the diagonal is y long, it would be n 337 long. The extended ratio is 9 : 16 : 337. Review Questions Find the length of the missing side. Simplify all radicals. 473

9 9.1. The Pythagorean Theorem If the legs of a right triangle are 10 and 24, then the hypotenuse is. 8. If the sides of a rectangle are 12 and 15, then the diagonal is. 9. If the legs of a right triangle are x and y, then the hypotenuse is. 10. If the sides of a square are 9, then the diagonal is. Determine if the following sets of numbers are Pythagorean Triples , 35, , 17, , 15, , 60, , 20, , 73, 75 Find the area of each triangle below. Simplify all radicals

10 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 18. Find the distance between each pair of points (-1, 6) and (7, 2) 21. (10, -3) and (-12, -6) 22. (1, 3) and (-8, 16) 23. What are the length and width of a 42" HDTV? Round your answer to the nearest thousandth. 24. Standard definition TVs have a length and width ratio of 4:3. What are the length and width of a 42" Standard definition TV? Round your answer to the nearest tenth. 25. Challenge An equilateral triangle is an isosceles triangle. If all the sides of an equilateral triangle are s, find the area, using the technique learned in this section. Leave your answer in simplest radical form. 26. Find the area of an equilateral triangle with sides of length 8. Pythagorean Theorem Proofs The first proof below is similar to the one done earlier in this lesson. Use the picture to answer the following questions. 475

11 9.1. The Pythagorean Theorem Find the area of the square with sides (a + b). 28. Find the sum of the areas of the square with sides c and the right triangles with legs a and b. 29. The areas found in the previous two problems should be the same. Set the expressions equal to each other and simplify to get the Pythagorean Theorem. Major General James A. Garfield (former President of the U.S) is credited with deriving this next proof of the Pythagorean Theorem using a trapezoid. 30. Find the area of the trapezoid using the trapezoid area formula: A = 1 2 (b 1 + b 2 )h 31. Find the sum of the areas of the three right triangles in the diagram. 32. The areas found in the previous two problems should be the same. Set the expressions equal to each other and simplify to get the Pythagorean Theorem. Review Queue Answers (a) 50 = 25 2 = 5 2 (b) 27 = 9 3 = 3 3 (c) 272 = = (a) = = 4 10 (b) = = = (c) = = 12 4 =

12 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 9.2 Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem Learning Objectives Understand the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem. Identify acute and obtuse triangles from side measures. Review Queue 1. Determine if the following sets of numbers are Pythagorean triples. (a) 14, 48, 50 (b) 9, 40, 41 (c) 12, 43, Do the following lengths make a right triangle? How do you know? (a) 5,3, 14 (b) 6,2 3,8 (c) 3 2,4 2,5 2 Know What? A friend of yours is designing a building and wants it to be rectangular. One wall is 65 ft. long and the other is 72 ft. long. How can he ensure the walls are going to be perpendicular? Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem In the last lesson, you learned about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it can be used. The converse of the Pythagorean Theorem is also true. We touched on this in the last section with Example 1. Pythagorean Theorem Converse: If the square of the longest side of a triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides, then the triangle is a right triangle. With this converse, you can use the Pythagorean Theorem to prove that a triangle is a right triangle, even if you do not know any of the triangle s angle measurements. Example 1: Determine if the triangles below are right triangles. a) 477

13 9.2. Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem b) Solution: Check to see if the three lengths satisfy the Pythagorean Theorem. Let the longest sides represent c in the equation. a) a 2 + b 2 = c ( =? 8 ) =? = 320 The triangle is a right triangle. b) a 2 + b 2 = c =? = The triangle is not a right triangle. Identifying Acute and Obtuse Triangles The converse of the Pythagorean Theorem can be extended to determine if a triangle is obtuse or acute. If the sum of the squares of the two smaller sides equals the square of the larger side, then the triangle is right. We can also interpret the outcome if the sum of the squares of the smaller sides does not equal the square of the third. Theorem 9-3: If the sum of the squares of the two shorter sides in a right triangle is greater than the square of the longest side, then the triangle is acute. Theorem 9-4: If the sum of the squares of the two shorter sides in a right triangle is less than the square of the longest side, then the triangle is obtuse. In other words: The sides of a triangle are a,b, and c and c > b and c > a. If a 2 + b 2 > c 2, then the triangle is acute. If a 2 + b 2 = c 2, then the triangle is right. If a 2 + b 2 < c 2, then the triangle is obtuse. Proof of Theorem 9-3 Given: In ABC,a 2 + b 2 > c 2, where c is the longest side. In LMN, N is a right angle. 478

14 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Prove: ABC is an acute triangle. (all angles are less than 90 ) TABLE 9.1: Statement Reason 1. In ABC,a 2 + b 2 > c 2, and c is the longest side. In Given LMN, N is a right angle. 2. a 2 + b 2 = h 2 Pythagorean Theorem 3. c 2 < h 2 Transitive PoE 4. c < h Take the square root of both sides 5. C is the largest angle in ABC. The largest angle is opposite the longest side. 6. m N = 90 Definition of a right angle 7. m C < m N SSS Inequality Theorem 8. m C < 90 Transitive PoE 9. C is an acute angle. Definition of an acute angle 10. ABC is an acute triangle. If the largest angle is less than 90, then all the angles are less than 90. The proof of Theorem 9-4 is very similar and is in the review questions. Example 2: Determine if the following triangles are acute, right or obtuse. a) b) Solution: Set the shorter sides in each triangle equal to a and b and the longest side equal to c. 479

15 9.2. Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem a) 6 2 +(3 5) 2? ? > 64 The triangle is acute. b) ? ? < 441 The triangle is obtuse. Example 3: Graph A( 4,1),B(3,8), and C(9,6). Determine if ABC is acute, obtuse, or right. Solution: This looks like an obtuse triangle, but the correct conclusion must be justified. Use the distance formula to find the length of each side. AB = BC = AC = ( 4 3) 2 +(1 8) 2 = = 98 = 7 2 (3 9) 2 +(8 6) 2 = = 40 = 2 10 ( 4 9) 2 +(1 6) 2 = = 194 Now, plug these lengths into the Pythagorean Theorem. ( 98 ) 2 + ( 40 ) 2? ( 194 ) ? < 194 ABC is an obtuse triangle. Know What? Revisited To make the walls perpendicular, find the length of the diagonal. 480

16 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry = c = c = c 2 97 = c In order to make the building rectangular, both diagonals must be 97 feet. Review Questions 1. The two shorter sides of a triangle are 9 and 12. (a) What would be the length of the third side to make the triangle a right triangle? (b) What is a possible length of the third side to make the triangle acute? (c) What is a possible length of the third side to make the triangle obtuse? 2. The two longer sides of a triangle are 24 and 25. (a) What would be the length of the third side to make the triangle a right triangle? (b) What is a possible length of the third side to make the triangle acute? (c) What is a possible length of the third side to make the triangle obtuse? 3. The lengths of the sides of a triangle are 8x,15x, and 17x. Determine if the triangle is acute, right, or obtuse. Determine if the following lengths make a right triangle , 20, , 25, ,6,2 39 Determine if the following triangles are acute, right or obtuse. 7. 7, 8, , 48, , 12, , 84, , 20, , 40, , 80, , 21, , 55, 76 Graph each set of points and determine if ABC is acute, right, or obtuse. 16. A(3, 5), B( 5, 8),C( 2, 7) 17. A(5,3),B(2, 7),C( 1,5) 18. Writing Explain the two different ways you can show that a triangle in the coordinate plane is a right triangle. The figure is a rectangular prism. All sides (or faces) are either squares (the front and back) or rectangles (the four around the middle). All sides are perpendicular to each other. 481

17 9.2. Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem Find c. 20. Find d. 21. Writing Explain why m A = Fill in the blanks for the proof of Theorem 9-4. Given: In ABC,a 2 + b 2 < c 2, where c is the longest side. In LMN, Prove: ABC is an obtuse triangle. (one angle is greater than 90 ) N is a right angle. TABLE 9.2: Statement Reason 1. In ABC,a 2 + b 2 < c 2, and c is the longest side. In LMN, N is a right angle. 2. a 2 + b 2 = h 2 3. c 2 > h C is the largest angle in ABC. 6. m N = m C > m N 8. Transitive PoE 9. C is an obtuse angle. 10. ABC is an obtuse triangle. 482

18 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Given AB, with A(3,3) and B(2, 3) determine whether the given point C in problems makes an acute, right or obtuse triangle. 23. C(3, 3) 24. C(4, 1) 25. C(5, 2) Given AB, with A( 2,5) and B(1, 3) find at least two possible points, C, such that ABC is 26. right, with right C. 27. acute, with acute C. 28. obtuse, with obtuse C. 29. Construction (a) Draw AB, such that AB = 3 in. (b) Draw AD such that BAD < 90. (c) Construct a line through B which is perpendicular to AD, label the intersection C. (d) ABC is a right triangle with right C. 30. Is the triangle you made unique? In other words, could you have multiple different outcomes with the same AB? Why or why not? You may wish to experiment to find out. 31. Why do the instructions specifically require that BAD < 90? 32. Describe how this construction could be changed so that B is the right angle in the triangle. Review Queue Answers 1. (a) Yes (b) Yes (c) No 2. (a) Yes (b) No (c) Yes 483

19 9.3. Using Similar Right Triangles Using Similar Right Triangles Learning Objectives Identify similar triangles inscribed in a larger triangle. Evaluate the geometric mean. Find the length of an altitude or leg using the geometric mean. Review Queue 1. If two triangles are right triangles, does that mean they are similar? Explain. 2. If two triangles are isosceles right triangles, does that mean they are similar? Explain. 3. Solve the ratio: 3 x = x If the legs of an isosceles right triangle are 4, find the length of the hypotenuse. Draw a picture and simplify the radical. Know What? In California, the average home price increased 21.3% in 2004 and another 16.0% in What is the average rate of increase for these two years? Inscribed Similar Triangles You may recall that if two objects are similar, corresponding angles are congruent and their sides are proportional in length. Look at a right triangle, with an altitude drawn from the right angle. There are three right triangles in this picture, ADB, CDA, and CAB. Both of the two smaller triangles are similar to the larger triangle because they each share an angle with ADB. That means all three triangles are similar to each other. Theorem 9-5: If an altitude is drawn from the right angle of any right triangle, then the two triangles formed are similar to the original triangle and all three triangles are similar to each other. The proof of Theorem 9-5 is in the review questions. Example 1: Write the similarity statement for the triangles below. 484

20 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Solution: If m E = 30, then m I = 60 and m TRE = 60. m IRT = 30 because it is complementary to TRE. Line up the congruent angles in the similarity statement. IRE ITR RT E The side proportions can also be used to find the length of the altitude. Example 2: Find x. Solution: First, separate the triangles to find the corresponding sides. Now set up a proportion. shorter leg in EDG hypotenuse in EDG = shorter leg in DFG hypotenuse in DFG 6 x = = 10x 4.8 = x Example 3: Find x. 485

21 9.3. Using Similar Right Triangles Solution: Set up a proportion. Example 4: Find y in RST above. Solution: Use the Pythagorean Theorem. shorter leg in SV T hypotenuse in SV T = shorter leg in RST hypotenuse in RST 4 x = x 20 x 2 = 80 x = 80 = 4 5 ( y ) 2 5 = 20 2 y = 400 y 2 = 320 y = 320 = 8 5 The Geometric Mean Many students are familiar with arithmetic mean, which divides the sum of n numbers by n. This is commonly used to determine an average test score for a group of students. The geometric mean is a different sort of average, which takes the n th root of the product of n numbers. In this text, two numbers will be compared, so the square root of the product of two numbers will be used. Geometric mean is commonly used with rates of increase or decrease. Geometric Mean: The geometric mean of two positive numbers a and b is the number x, such that a x = x b or x2 = ab and x = ab. Example 5: Find the geometric mean of 24 and 36. Solution: x = = = 12 6 Example 6: Find the geometric mean of 18 and 54. Solution: x = = = 18 3 Notice that in both of these examples, the two numbers were not actually multiplied together, but kept separate. This made it easier to simplify the radical. A practical application of the geometric mean is to find the altitude of a right triangle. Example 7: Find x. 486

22 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Solution: Using similar triangles, the following proportion is true: shortest leg of smallest longer leg of smallest = shortest leg of middle longer leg of middle 9 x = x 27 x 2 = 243 x = 243 = 9 3 In Example 7, 9 x = x 27 is in the definition of the geometric mean. So, the altitude is the geometric mean of the two segments that it divides the hypotenuse into. Theorem 9-6: In a right triangle, the altitude drawn from the right angle to the hypotenuse divides the hypotenuse into two segments. The length of the altitude is the geometric mean of these two segments. Theorem 9-7: In a right triangle, the altitude drawn from the right angle to the hypotenuse divides the hypotenuse into two segments. The length of each leg of the right triangle is the geometric mean of the lengths of the hypotenuse and the segment of the hypotenuse that is adjacent to the leg. In other words Theorem 9-6: BC AC = AC DC Theorem 9-7: BC AB = AB DC DB and AD = AD DB Both of these theorems are proved using similar triangles. Example 8: Find x and y. 487

23 9.3. Using Similar Right Triangles Solution: Use theorem 9-7 to solve for x and y. 20 x = x y = y 35 x 2 = y 2 = x = y = x = 10 7 y = 5 21 The Pythagorean Theorem could also be used to solve for y, once x has been solved for. ( 10 ) y 2 = y 2 = 1225 y = 525 = 5 21 Either method is acceptable. Know What? Revisited The average rate of increase can be found by using the geometric mean. We use this rather than arithmetic mean because the 2004 average home price was times the 2003 average home price, and the 2005 average home price was 1.16 times the 2004 average home price. These are products, not sums, so geometric mean is appropriate. x = = Over the two year period, housing prices increased 18.46%. Review Questions Use the diagram to answer questions Write the similarity statement for the three triangles in the diagram. 2. If JM = 12 and ML = 9, find KM. 3. Find JK. 4. Find KL. Find the geometric mean between the following two numbers. Simplify all radicals and 32

24 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry and and and and and 8 Find the length of the missing variable(s). Simplify all radicals

25 9.3. Using Similar Right Triangles Write a proof for Theorem Given: ABD with AC DB and DAB is a right angle. Prove: ABD CBA CAD 21. Fill in the blanks for the proof of Theorem 9-7. Given: ABD with AC DB and Prove: BC AB = AB DB DAB is a right angle. TABLE 9.3: Statement 1. ABD with AC DB and DAB is a right angle. 2. ABD CBA CAD 3. BC AB = AB DB Reason 22. Last year Poorva s rent increased by 5% and this year her landlord wanted to raise her rent by 7.5%. What is the average rate at which her landlord has raised her rent over the course of these two years? 23. Mrs. Smith teaches AP Calculus. Between the first and second years she taught the course her students average score improved by 12%. Between the second and third years, the scores increased by 9%. What is the average rate of improvement in her students scores? 24. According to the US Census Bureau, the rate of growth of the US population was 0.8% and in 2009 it was 1.0%. What was the average rate of population growth during that time period? Algebra Connection A geometric sequence is a sequence of numbers in which each successive term is determined by multiplying the previous term by the common ratio. An example is the sequence 1, 3, 9, 27,... Here each term is 490

26 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry multiplied by 3 to get the next term in the sequence. Another way to look at this sequence is to compare the ratios of the consecutive terms. 25. Find the ratio of the 2 nd to 1 st terms and the ratio of the 3 rd to 2 nd terms. What do you notice? Is this true for the next set (4 th to 3 rd terms)? 26. Given the sequence 4, 8, 16,..., if we equate the ratios of the consecutive terms we get: 8 4 = This means that 8 is the of 4 and 16. We can generalize this to say that every term in a geometric sequence is the of the previous and subsequent terms. Use what you discovered in problem 26 to find the middle term in the following geometric sequences ,, ,, ,, We can use what we have learned in this section in another proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. Use the diagram to fill in the blanks in the proof below. Statement 1. e a =? d+e and d b = b? TABLE 9.4: Reason The length of each leg of a right triangle is the geometric mean of the lengths of the hypotenuse and the segment of the hypotenuse that is adjacent to the leg 2. a 2 = e(d + e) and b 2 = d(d + e)? 3. a 2 + b 2 =? Combine equations from #2. 4.? Distributive Property 5. c = d + e? 6.? Substitution PoE Review Queue Answers 1. No, another angle besides the right angles must also be congruent. 2. Yes, the three angles in an isosceles right triangle are 45,45, and 90. Isosceles right triangles will always be similar x = x 27 x2 = 81 x = ± = h 2 h = 32 =

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28 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 9.4 Special Right Triangles Learning Objectives Identify and use the ratios involved with isosceles right triangles. Identify and use the ratios involved with triangles. Review Queue Find the value of the missing variable(s). Simplify all radicals Do the lengths 6, 6, and 6 2 make a right triangle? 5. Do the lengths 3,3 3, and 6 make a right triangle? Know What? The Great Giza Pyramid is a pyramid with a square base and four isosceles triangles that meet at a point. It is thought that the original height was meters and the base edges were 230 meters. First, find the length of the edge of the isosceles triangles. Then, determine if the isosceles triangles are also equilateral triangles. Round your answers to the nearest tenth. You can assume that the height of the pyramid is from the center of the square base and is a vertical line. 493

29 9.4. Special Right Triangles Isosceles Right Triangles There are two types of special right triangles. The first special right triangle is an isosceles right triangle. Here, the legs are congruent and, by the Base Angles Theorem, the base angles will also be congruent. Therefore, the angle measures will be 90,45,and 45. You will also hear an isosceles right triangle called a triangle. Because the three angles are always the same, all isosceles right triangles are similar. Investigation 9-2: Properties of an Isosceles Right Triangle Tools Needed: Pencil, paper, compass, ruler, protractor 1. Construct an isosceles right triangle with 2 in legs. Use the SAS construction that you learned previously Find the measure of the hypotenuse. What is it? Simplify the radical. 3. Now, let s say the legs are of length x and the hypotenuse is h. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the hypotenuse. What is it? How is this similar to your answer in #2?

30 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry x 2 + x 2 = h 2 2x 2 = h 2 x 2 = h Corollary: If a triangle is an isosceles right triangle, then its sides are in the extended ratio x : x : x 2. Step 3 in the above investigation proves the Triangle Theorem. So, anytime you have a right triangle with congruent legs or congruent angles, then the sides will always be in the ratio x : x : x 2. The hypotenuse is always x 2 because that is the longest length. This is a specific case of the Pythagorean Theorem, so it will still always work as well. Example 1: Find the length of the missing sides. a) b) Solution: Use the x : x : x 2 ratio. a) TV = 6 because it is equal to ST. So, SV = 6 2. b) AB = 9 2 because it is equal to AC. So, BC = = 9 2 = 18. Example 2: Find the length of x. a) 495

31 9.4. Special Right Triangles b) Solution: Again, use the x : x : x 2 ratio, but in these two we are given the hypotenuse. We need to solve for x in the ratio. a) 12 2 = x 2 12 = x b) x 2 = 16 x = 16 2 = = 8 2 In part b, the denominator was rationalized. Whenever there is a radical in the denominator of a fraction, multiply the top and bottom by that radical. This will cancel out the radical from the denominator and reduce the fraction. Some teachers require students to rationalize denominators, while others do not; follow your teacher s instructions Triangles The second special right triangle is called a triangle, after the three angles. To construct a triangle, start with an equilateral triangle. Investigation 9-3: Properties of a Triangle Tools Needed: Pencil, paper, ruler, compass 1. Construct an equilateral triangle with 2 in sides. 2. Draw or construct the altitude from the top vertex to the base for two congruent triangles. 496

32 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 3. Find the measure of the two angles at the top vertex and the length of the shorter leg. The top angles are each 30 and the shorter leg is 1 in because the altitude of an equilateral triangle is also the angle and perpendicular bisector. 4. Find the length of the longer leg, using the Pythagorean Theorem. Simplify the radical. 5. Now, let s say the shorter leg is length x and the hypotenuse is 2x. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the longer leg. What is it? How is this similar to your answer in #4? x 2 + b 2 =(2x) 2 x 2 + b 2 = 4x 2 b 2 = 3x 2 b = x Corollary: If a triangle is a triangle, then its sides are in the extended ratio x : x 3:2x. Step 5 in the above investigation proves the Corollary. The shortest leg is always x, the longest leg is always x 3, and the hypotenuse is always 2x. Note the Pythagorean Theorem can always be used as well. Example 3: Find the length of the missing sides. a) b) 497

33 9.4. Special Right Triangles Solution: In part a, the shortest leg is given and in part b, the hypotenuse is given. a) If x = 5, then the longer leg, b = 5 3, and the hypotenuse, c = 2(5)=10. b) Now, 2x = 20, so the shorter leg, f = 10, and the longer leg, g = Example 4: Find the value of x and y. a) b) Solution: In part a, the longer leg is given and in part b, the hypotenuse is given. a) x 3 = 12 x = 12 3 = = 4 3 Then, ( the hypotenuse would be y = 2 4 ) 3 = 8 3 b) 2x = 15 6 x = The, ( the longer leg would be y = ) 3 = = Example 5: Find the measure of x. 498

34 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Solution: Think of this trapezoid as a rectangle between a triangle and a triangle. From this picture, x = a + b + c. First, find a, which is a leg of an isosceles right triangle. a = = 24 2 = a = d, so we can use this to find c, which is the shorter leg of a triangle. c = = 12 6 = b = 20, so x = Nothing simplifies, so this is how we leave our answer. Know What? Revisited The line that the vertical height is perpendicular to is the diagonal of the square base. This length (blue) is the same as the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle because half of a square is an isosceles right triangle. So, the diagonal is Therefore, the base of the right triangle with as the leg is half of or Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the edge. edge = ( 115 2) m In order for the sides to be equilateral triangles, this length should be 230 meters. It is not, so the triangles are isosceles. Review Questions 1. In an isosceles right triangle, if a leg is x, then the hypotenuse is. 499

35 9.4. Special Right Triangles 2. In a triangle, if the shorter leg is x, then the longer leg is and the hypotenuse is A square has sides of length 15. What is the length of the diagonal? 4. A square s diagonal is 22. What is the length of each side? 5. A rectangle has sides of length 4 and 4 3. What is the length of the diagonal? 6. A baseball diamond is a square with 90 foot sides. What is the distance from home base to second base? (HINT: It s the length of the diagonal). For questions 7-18, find the lengths of the missing sides

36 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Do the lengths 8 2,8 6, and 16 2 make a special right triangle? If so, which one? 20. Do the lengths 4 3,4 6 and 8 3 make a special right triangle? If so, which one? 21. Find the measure of x. 22. Find the measure of y. 501

37 9.4. Special Right Triangles What is the ratio of the sides of a rectangle if the diagonal divides the rectangle into two triangles? 24. What is the length of the sides of a square with diagonal 8 in? For questions 25-28, it might be helpful to recall #25 from section What is the height of an equilateral triangle with sides of length 3 in? 26. What is the area of an equilateral triangle with sides of length 5 ft? 27. A regular hexagon has sides of length 3 in. What is the area of the hexagon? (Hint: the hexagon is made up a 6 equilateral triangles.) 28. The area of an equilateral triangle is What is the length of a side? 29. If a road has a grade of 30, this means that its angle of elevation is 30. If you travel 1.5 miles on this road, how much elevation have you gained in feet (5280 ft = 1 mile)? 30. Four isosceles triangles are formed when both diagonals are drawn in a square. If the length of each side in the square is s, what are the lengths of the legs of the isosceles triangles? Review Queue Answers = x 2 32 = x 2 x = z 2 = 6 (3 2 3) = y 2 z 2 = = y 2 z = 3 3 y = x 2 + x 2 = x 2 = 100 x 2 = 50 x = Yes, = 5. Yes, ( 6 2) = 72 ( 3 3) 2 = =

38 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 9.5 Tangent, Sine and Cosine Learning Objectives Use the tangent, sine and cosine ratios in a right triangle. Understand these trigonometric ratios in special right triangles. Use a calculator to find sines, cosines, and tangents. Use trigonometric ratios in real-life situations. Review Queue 1. The legs of an isosceles right triangle have length 14. What is the hypotenuse? 2. Do the lengths 8, 16, 20 make a right triangle? If not, is the triangle obtuse or acute? 3. In a triangle, what do the 30, 60, and 90 refer to? 4. Find the measure of the missing lengths. (a) (b) Know What? A restaurant needs to build a wheelchair ramp for its customers. The angle of elevation for a ramp is recommended to be 5. If the vertical distance from the sidewalk to the front door is two feet, what is the horizontal distance that the ramp will take up (x)? How long will the ramp be (y)? Round your answers to the nearest thousandth. What is Trigonometry? The word trigonometry comes from two words meaning triangle and measure. In this lesson we will define three trigonometric (or trig) functions. Once we have defined these functions, we will be able to solve problems like the 503

39 9.5. Tangent, Sine and Cosine Know What? above. Trigonometry: The study of the relationships between the sides and angles of triangles. In trigonometry, sides are named in reference to a particular angle. The hypotenuse of a triangle is always the same, but the terms adjacent and opposite depend on which angle you are referencing. A side adjacent to an angle is the leg of the triangle that helps form the angle. A side opposite to an angle is the leg of the triangle that does not help form the angle. Never reference the right angle when referring to trig ratios. a is ad jacent to B. a is opposite A. b is ad jacent to A. b is opposite B. c is the hypotenuse. Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Ratios The three basic trig ratios are called sine, cosine and tangent. At this point, we will only take the sine, cosine and tangent of acute angles. However, these ratios can be used with obtuse angles as well. Sine Ratio: For an acute angle x in a right triangle, the sinx is equal to the ratio of the side opposite the angle over the hypotenuse of the triangle. Using the triangle above, sina = a c and sinb = b c. Cosine Ratio: For an acute angle x in a right triangle, the cosx is equal to the ratio of the side adjacent to the angle over the hypotenuse of the triangle. Using the triangle above, cosa = b c and cosb = a c. Tangent Ratio: For an acute angle x, in a right triangle, the tanx is equal to the ratio of the side opposite to the angle over the side adjacent to x. Using the triangle above, tana = a b and tanb = b a. There are a few important things to note about the way we write these ratios. First, keep in mind that the abbreviations sinx,cosx, and tanx are all functions. Each ratio can be considered a function of the angle (see Chapter 10). Second, be careful when using the abbreviations that you still pronounce the full name of each function. When we write sinx it is still pronounced sine, with a long i. When we write cosx, we still say co-sine. And when we write tanx, we still say tangent. An easy way to remember ratios is to use the mnemonic SOH-CAH-TOA. Example 1: Find the sine, cosine and tangent ratios of A. 504

40 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Solution: First, use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of the hypotenuse = h 2 13 = h So, sina = ,cosA =, and tana = 5. A few important points: Always reduce ratios when you can. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side (if there is one). The tangent ratio can be bigger than 1 (the other two cannot). If two right triangles are similar, then their sine, cosine, and tangent ratios will be the same (because they will reduce to the same ratio). If there is a radical in the denominator, rationalize the denominator if your teacher has instructed you to do so. Example 2: Find the sine, cosine, and tangent of B. Solution: Find the length of the missing side. AC = 15 2 AC 2 = 200 AC = 10 2 Therefore, sinb = = 2 2 3,cosB = 5 15 = 1 3, and tanb = = 2 2. Example 3: Find the sine, cosine and tangent of

41 9.5. Tangent, Sine and Cosine Solution: This is a special right triangle, a triangle. So, if the short leg is 6, then the long leg is 6 3 and the hypotenuse is 12. sin30 = 6 12 = 1 2,cos30 = = 3 2, and tan30 = 6 = 1 3 = In Example 3, we knew the angle measure of the angle we were taking the sine, cosine and tangent of. This means that the sine, cosine and tangent for an angle are fixed. Sine, Cosine, and Tangent with a Calculator We now know that the trigonometric ratios are not dependent on the sides, but the ratios. Therefore, there is one fixed value for every angle, from 0 to 90. A scientific or graphing calculator can calculate the values of the sine, cosine and tangent of all of these angles. Depending on the calculator, all have [SIN], [COS], and [TAN] buttons. Use these to find the sine, cosine, and tangent of any angle. Example 4: Find the indicated trigonometric value, using your calculator. a) sin78 b) cos60 c) tan15 Solution: Depending on your calculator, enter the degree first, and then press the correct trig button or the other way around. For TI-83s and TI-84s, press the trig button first, followed by the angle. Also, make sure the mode of the calculator is in DEGREES. a) sin78 = b) cos60 = 0.5 c) tan15 = Finding the Sides of a Triangle using Trig Ratios One application of the trigonometric ratios is to use them to find the missing sides of a right triangle. All that is needed is one angle (other than the right angle) and one side. Example 5: Find the value of each variable. Round the answer to the nearest thousandth. Solution: The hypotenuse is given, so use sine to find b, because it is opposite 22, and cosine to find a, because it is adjacent to 22. sin22 = b cos22 = a sin22 = b 30 cos22 = a b a

42 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Example 6: Find the value of each variable. Round the answer to the nearest thousandth. Solution: Here, the leg adjacent to 42 is given. To find c, use cosine and to find d, use tangent. cos42 = 9 c tan42 = d 9 c cos42 = 9 9 tan42 = d c = cos42 d Notice in both of these examples, only use the information that you are given. For example, it is best NOT to use the found value of b to find a (in Example 5) because b is an approximation (also sometimes referred to as a calculated value). Use given values to give the most accurate answers. Angles of Depression and Elevation Another practical application of the trigonometric functions is to find lengths that you cannot measure directly. Very frequently, angles of depression and elevation are used in these types of problems. Angle of Depression: The angle measured from the horizon or horizontal line, down. Angle of Elevation: The angle measure from the horizon or horizontal line, up. Example 7: An inquisitive math student is standing 25 feet from the base of the Washington Monument. The angle of elevation from her horizontal line of sight is If her eye height is 5ft, how tall is the monument? 507

43 9.5. Tangent, Sine and Cosine Solution: Find the height of the monument by using the tangent ratio and then adding the eye height of the student. tan87.4 = h 25 h = 25 tan87.4 = Adding 5 ft, the total height of the Washington Monument is ft. According to the National Park Service, the actual height of the monument is ft. Know What? Revisited To find the horizontal length and the actual length of the ramp, use the tangent and sine. tan5 = 2 x sin5 = 2 y x = 2 tan5 = y = 2 sin5 = Review Questions Use the diagram to fill in the blanks below tand =?? 2. sinf =?? 3. tanf =?? 4. cosf =?? 5. sind =?? 6. cosd =??

44 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry From questions 1-6, we can conclude the following. Fill in the blanks. 7. cos = sinf and sin = cosf 8. The sine of an angle is to the cosine of its. 9. tand and tanf are of each other. Use your calculator to find the value of each trig function below. Round to four decimal places. 10. sin cos tan sin43 Find the sine, cosine and tangent of A. Reduce all fractions and radicals Find the length of the missing sides. Round your answers to the nearest thousandth

45 9.5. Tangent, Sine and Cosine Kristin is swimming in the ocean and notices a coral reef below her. The angle of depression is 35 and the depth of the ocean at that point is 250 feet. How far away is she from the reef? 24. The Leaning Tower of Pisa currently leans at a 4 angle and has a vertical height of meters. How tall was the tower when it was originally built? 25. The angle of depression from the top of an apartment building to the base of a fountain in a nearby park is 72. If the building is 78 ft tall, how far away is the fountain? 26. William spots a tree directly across the river from where he is standing. He then walks 20 ft upstream and determines that the angle between his previous position and the tree on the other side of the river is 65.How wide is the river? 27. Diego is flying his kite one afternoon and notices that he has let out the entire 120 ft of string. The angle his string makes with the ground is 52. How high is his kite at this time? 510

46 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry 28. A tree struck by lightning in a storm breaks and falls over to form a triangle with the ground. The tip of the tree makes a 36 angle with the ground 25 ft from the base of the tree. What was the original height of the tree to the nearest foot? 29. Upon descent an airplane is 20,000 ft above the ground. The air traffic control tower is 200 ft tall. It is determined that the angle of elevation from the top of the tower to the plane is 15. To the nearest mile, find the ground distance from the airplane to the tower. 30. Critical Thinking Why are the sine and cosine ratios always be less than 1? Review Queue Answers 1. The hypotenuse is No, < 20 2, the triangle is obtuse ,60, and 90 refer to the angle measures in the special right triangle. 4. x = 2,y = x = 6 3,y = 18,z = 18 3,w =

47 9.6. Inverse Trigonometric Ratios Inverse Trigonometric Ratios Learning Objectives Use the inverse trigonometric ratios to find an angle in a right triangle. Solve a right triangle. Apply inverse trigonometric ratios to real-life situations and special right triangles. Review Queue Find the lengths of the missing sides. Round your answer to the nearest thousandth Draw an isosceles right triangle with legs of length 3. What is the hypotenuse? 4. Use the triangle from #3, to find the sine, cosine, and tangent of Explain why tan45 = 1. Know What? The longest escalator in North America is at the Wheaton Metro Station in Maryland. It is 230 feet long and is 115 ft high. What is the angle of elevation, x, of this escalator? 512

48 Chapter 9. Right Triangle Trigonometry Inverse Trigonometric Ratios The word inverse is probably familiar. In mathematics, once you learn how to do an operation, you also learn how to undo it. For example, addition and subtraction are considered inverse operations. Multiplication and division are also inverse operations. In algebra, inverse operations are used to solve equations and inequalities. When the word inverse is applied to the trigonometric ratios, one can find the acute angle measures within a right triangle. Normally, if given an angle and a side of a right triangle, one can find the other two sides using sine, cosine or tangent. With the inverse trig ratios, an angle measure can be found if given two sides. Inverse Tangent: If the opposite side and adjacent side of an angle in a right triangle are known, use inverse tangent to find the measure of the angle. Inverse tangent is also called arctangent and is labeled tan 1 or arctan. The -1 indicates inverse. Inverse Sine: If the opposite side of an angle and the hypotenuse in a right triangle are known, use inverse sine to find the measure of the angle. Inverse sine is also called arcsine and is labeled sin 1 or arcsin. Inverse Cosine: If the adjacent side of an angle and the hypotenuse in a right triangle are known, use inverse cosine to find the measure of the angle. Inverse cosine is also called arccosine and is labeled cos 1 or arccos. Using the triangle below, the inverse trigonometric ratios look like this: ( ) b ( tan 1 = m B tan 1 a ) = m A a b ( ) b ( sin 1 = m B sin 1 a ) = m A ( c c cos 1 a ) ( ) b = m B cos 1 = m A c c In order to actually find the measure of the angles, use a calculator. On most scientific and graphing calculators, the buttons look like [SIN 1 ],[COS 1 ], and [TAN 1 ]. Typically, a shift or 2 nd button must be used to access these functions. For example, on the TI-83 and 84, [2 nd ][SIN] is [SIN 1 ]. Again, make sure the mode is in degrees. When finding the inverse of a trigonometric function, put the word arc in front of it. So, the inverse of a tangent is called the arctangent (or arctan for short). Think of the arctangent as a tool that can be used like any other inverse operation when solving a problem. If tangent gives the ratio of the lengths of the sides opposite and adjacent to an angle, then tangent inverse gives the measure of an angle with a given ratio. Example 1: Use the sides of the triangle and a calculator to find the value of A. Round the answer to the nearest thousandth of a degree. 513

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