# Applications of Law of Sines and Cosines

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BAM!!! Mr. Tarrou. Ok, I am going to do three

examples of involving triangles that require the use of Law of Sine or Cosine. And uh,

these are written on the chalk board, so I am not going to write out an entire word problem.

But, I am going to give you some setups that you might recognize as you read the word problems

in your trig or precalculus book that involve some applications. So, for are first example

let’s say that we have something leaning like a tree, a pole, the leaning tower of Pisa.

We want to find the length of that item. So we have something leaning, whatever it is

and we would like to know how long that is. We will call this a. You are able to go up

to it, touch it, and take some measurements and then from those measurements estimate

or calculate the length of that object. So you come up to it and you put a protractor

on it or some kind of instrument that allows you to measure the angle of incline because

this is not plum or square. That incline let’s just say comes out to be seven degrees. So

from there, you come out and you walk a certain length, or measure out a certain length, and

let’s just say that it comes out to be thirty feet. Single mark is for feet. You take tool

that you are using to measure these with and the incline or the degrees from this point

up to the top of this item you are interested in measuring comes out to be…trying to keep

my lines a little straight here…comes out to be 68 degrees. Now, from just those measurements

we would like to find the length of this item. Well, what do we have? Not enough to just

go, eh..it is 50 feet. We don’t have enough measurements in the triangle to calculate

this length at this point. But, if the ground is level and from that level ground we have

measured a perpendicular line, and the angle from perpendicular is seven degrees, then

if this again is perpendicular then this is 90 degrees. That ninety degrees is made up

of two separate angles. One being seven degrees that you were able to measure. Or, if you

could measure seven degrees, you could probably measure this degree but hey it is a textbook!

It is what was given. So if this is ninety, this is seven, then this has to be 83 degrees.

We have either the Las of Sine or the Law of Cosine at our disposal to try and solve

this problem. Well don’t forget to use the Law of Cosine, you have to have two sides

and an included angle. For the Law of Sine you need to have a matching pair of opposite

side and angle setup. So, since we know that this is… Do we have enough? Let’s see here.

We don’t. We don’t know two sides and and an included angle. We have 83 degrees and

we don’t know it’s opposing side. We have 68 degrees and we don’t know the length of

that side. That is what the problem is about. Now we have thirty feet. That is the only

side measurement that we have. So, to be able to use that 30 feet and be able to use the

Law of Sine to try and figure this out… Again the Law of Cosine needs two sides and

an included angle and we only know one side so there is no way for us set up the Law of

Cosine for this problem. We need to know the opposing angle and now that we have two angles

that are inside the triangle, we can find the third angle up here. That is going to

be 180 minus 68 minus 83 degrees. What is that? Let’s see here. 80 and 60 makes 140.

Now we have 143 and now we have 151 right? So 180 minus 151 is going to be 29 degrees.

Ok, so now we have that side angle pairing that we need to be able to set up the Law

of Sine. So, we have thirty over the sine of twenty-nine degrees is equal, to looking

for this length of a, so that is going to be a over the sine of 68 degrees. We want

to get a alone so we know that length, right. That means that we want to undo this division

of the sine of sixty-eight, so we are going to multiply both sides by the sine of sixty-eight.

We get thirty times the sine of sixty-eight over the sine of twenty-nine degrees and that

is equal to a. Because I cannot do that off the top of my head, that is going to be approximately

57.4 feet or units long. Just double checking to make sure that I have got my numbers right

here. BAM! There you go. So, we had a leaning object of a tree, tower, pole, leaning tower

of Pisa. We have an angle of incline. We also had a length that we measured away from the

base of the object of thirty feet. We were also given the sixty-eight degree angle of

incline from this point up to the top of our item. From all of that information we were

able to figure out what the length of that was through the Law of Sine. So, BAM there

you go. Let’s do another example. We are going to do another measurement of item here. But

this time we are going to have less contact with whatever that item is that we are measuring.

So, there is some object here. Maybe it is a mountain, maybe it is a tree…I don’t know

why you couldn’t walk up to a tree and start taking some measurements like the previous

problem, but there are some item here that we want to measure the height of and we cannot

make any physical contact with that item to take any measurements. Like if was a mountain,

you can’t dig your way to the base of the mountain and measure straight up or something

like that. This item we want the height of. So you are going to come out here. Just some

random point and you are going to look up at it and you take a measurement. That angle

of incline that you are looking at is forty-two degrees. That is the only measurement that

you are able to take now because you cannot get to the base and do any kind of leaning

angles or whatever. Ok, so you step back some distance and we are going to step back 100

feet and take another measurement of incline. Back a hundred feet, of course you are back

farther so you are not having to look so sharply up, you take another angle measurement and

that comes out to be thirty-four degrees. Now from just those three measurement, the

angle of elevation, back a hundred feet, and another angle of incline we are supposed to

be able figure out the height of that that object. Are you serious? It seems so obtuse,

or sort of just out there. How are we going to find that measurement of x? It is going

to take some work, I can tell you that! hmm.. Ok, well let’s see. If this is forty-two degrees,

then we know that this angle in here is equal to… Well, they are two angles forming a

straight line so they are supplementary angles or a linear pair. 180 minus 42, 180 minus

forty is now 140, now it is 138 degrees. So that first angle that I found is that angle

that is adjacent to the first angle of incline measurement of 42 degrees and we get 138 degrees.

Now what I am trying to do is, we have this one obtuse triangle. I am trying to fill in

the parts enough to where I can find/calculate some more measurements. So this is 42 and

this is 138 degrees. Now I have got this triangle which only has three angles and now we know

two of them. The 34 degrees that we took a physical measurement of and the 138 based

off of the 42 degrees. So this angle up here is 180 minus 34 minus 138. What do we have

here? We have got 138, now it is 168, and now it is 172. So, 180 minus 172 is eight

degrees. Just because I am paranoid because I don’t want to make a mistake in another

video, yes that is eight degrees. Ok, so we found this angle of 138 and this angle of

eight degrees. Now what can we find? We are not going to get x directly. We don’t have

enough information yet. But, we have this side of a hundred and we know the angle that

is opposite of that 100 feet of eight degrees. So if you have that side and angle pairing,

you have enough information to set up the Law of Sine. There ambiguous cases of the

Law of Sine where you might have more than one possible triangle from the information

given. But we have an angle-side-angle and that is one of the congruency theorems or

similarity theorems from Geometry, so when we get our answer from our calculator that

is going to be the one valid answer that there is so we will be safe. So a hundred over the

sine of eight degrees is equal to…. What we are going to find is this side right here

that is opposite 34 degrees, let’s call that a. I don’t really necessarily care about the

length of a for my final answer, but I need that value to build up enough information

to find out what x is. So, we have a over the sine of 34 degrees. Ok, well it is a divided

by the sine of 34 and I want a alone. I want to undo that division, so I am going to multiply

both sides by the sine of thirty-four. Get that typed into your calculator correctly

and you will get the answer of 401.8 feet. Ok, now I am going to just round these values

off to the nearest tenths just for convenience and what comes out of the calculator. If you

are in a science class talking about significant digits you will know more than me at this

point because I miss-speak a bit! My measurement here of 100 feet and there is no decimal at

the end of that implies that I have rounded off my measurements, my actual physical measurements

to the nearest ones place or whole number value. You cannot really have a calculated

value that represents a measurement more accurate than your real physical measurements. So,

you could argue that I really need to round this off to 402 feet, round this off to the

ones place like I did the 100 here as it was presented. But, I am going to leave it at

401.8 just as a math exercise. Your science teacher may have another opinion about that,

ok, and physics teacher and such. So a comes out to be 401.8. Now we finally have enough

information to find out the value of x, the height of that object whatever it is in your

word problem that you are reading in your application. What are we looking at here?

We are looking at a right triangle. When you have a right triangle, I guess I should have

said that we are going to be measuring vertically or perpendicular from the base. When you have

a right triangle you can go back to SOHCAHTOA. Sine is opposite over hypotenuse, cosine is

adjacent over hypotenuse, and tangent is opposite over adjacent. So, from the forty-two we want

the opposite side from 42 and we have the hypotenuse. When you want the opposite and

you have the hypotenuse that is going to require the sine function. So, the sine of forty-two

degrees is equal to x over 401.8. Again, we want to undo that division, that fraction

bar by multiplying both sides by 401.8. And x comes out to be 268.9 units. I have already

marked off feet, so BAM there you go:D That is the height of this item that we were able

to calculator without ever physically approaching it, touching it, taking any angle measures

off of it. We just stood out here and we looked up, we stepped back and looked up again, and

that was enough information to find the height of whatever that item may be…mountain, tree,

whatever your application problem is about. One more example. ALRIGHTY THEN!!! Next page

of notes. You travel east thirty miles, you then head south twenty-five degrees east

for seventeen miles. Ok, the first question

I want to ask based on that information is how far are you from where you started? That

is a pretty basic question. Well, we need to take these words and actually make some

kind of diagram out of them. So, you travel east thirty miles from where? I don’t know,

there! So we travel east

and we do that for thirty miles. We then we are going to stop here if you will and look

at our compass and we are going to turn to S 25 E. Well north, south, east, west. So

from due south we are going to turn twenty-five degrees east. From south we are going to favor

the eastern direction by 25 degrees. I think I drew that a little bit too small, but that

is that little part to the right of the vertical line. So we are to the right of south, or

east of south. We travel seventeen miles so my line is a little bit long here. Maybe we

will just make that longer. Ok, so thirty miles east, seventeen miles south twenty-five

degrees east. We want to know how far are we from where we started? So that is what

we are looking for. Do we have enough information to figure that out? Since the original measurement

was directly east and north-south is perpendicular to that this could be a worse problem, or

a more difficult problem, but traveling east like this doesn’t make it too terrible difficult.

If this is east and this is a north-south line then this part of the diagram is ninety

degrees. Ninety degrees and an additional twenty-five degrees, from south 25 degrees

east, well those add up to what? Ninety and twenty-five is 115 degrees. Ok, well if you

see what we have here? We have two sides and an included angle. So you might be thinking

hey, you say we are doing Law of Sine and Law of Cosine and I never did write the formulas

up, did I? Sorry about that. How far are we from where we started? Well with two sides

and an included angle, that is Law of Cosine. So x squared, the side that we don’t know,

is equal to the other two sides squared and added together

minus two times those other two sides times

the cosine of the included angle. I should have reminded you this in the previous two

examples, but if you are in precalc and trig you have been bouncing your calculators back

and forth between degrees and radians. Make sure that you are in degree mode. Otherwise,

you are going to get all of these answers incorrect. X squared is equal to, when you

get all of this typed into the calculator correctly 1620.04. You now square root both

sides of the equation and we get x is equal to approximately 40.25 miles. If you don’t

want a calculated measurement that is more accurate than your physical measurements,

then it is approximately 40 miles from where you started. Good. So that was not too bad.

Now I have another question. Remember you are here because you traveled from home, or

port, or whatever. I want the bearing from here to get you back home. Ok. What direction

would you take to get from this point back. I don’t want to go back in the same path,

I want to go straight there. I only want to travel 40 miles and not 47 miles. Well, if

I want a bearing. This is a north-south line. If I want a bearing from there back home,

let’s see. This part that I definitely should have drawn a bit bigger. Let me get the 17

out of the way. That little angle right there, how many degrees is that? Well, every time

you draw a north-south line when you talk about bearing or directions like when you

are reading a compass, every time you draw a north-south line those are all parallel

right. It is north-south. So, we have two parallel lines intersected by a transversal.

How long has it been since you heard those words, right? When you have alternate interior

angles, those angles are equal. So this little angle here that I have now drawn is also 25

degrees. So, if I can find this angle, then I can add it with twenty-five and be able

to say that to get back home my bearing is north blank, and then we are going to find

how many degrees there are to the west. So, what do we have? I don’t need this x in here

any more because I know what the measurement is. It is 40.25 miles. How are we going to

use that to now find this measurement in here of angle y? Well, I have got this side is

30 and the opposing angle is what I am looking for. I have this length of 40.25 and I know

it’s opposing angle. Again, any time you have a setup where you know an angle and it’s opposite

side, then you have the ability to set up the Law of Sine. Don’t forget, do not try

and find an angle opposite the largest side with the Law of Sine. If that angle ends up

being obtuse, you will be able to get the answer from the Law of Sine because your calculator

will not be able to give you that answer. Inverse sine with your calculator only gives

you answers between negative ninety and positive ninety degrees. Ok, so a little cautionary

note there. Let’s finish this problem and call it a day. So, we have 40.25 over the

sine of 115 degrees equals 30 over the sine of y. I hope I used the same setup as I did

in my notes here. Yep, I did. Our variable is in the denominator and we cannot solve

for a variable when it is in the denominator. I am going to cross multiply. There is only

one fraction on each side. We are going to have 40.25 times the sine of y equals 30 times

the sine of 115. Sine of y. We want to get the 40.25 away so we divide both sides by

40.25. The sine of y is equal to thirty times the sine of 115 over 40.25. That comes out

to be .676. Now we have the sine of y equals that .676. Y is equal to the inverse sine

of .676. That comes out to be 42.5 degrees. That is not your answer! That is this little

piece in here. Well it is not so tiny. This is y which is part of the bearing value, right?

So we are going to head, to get from here back home, it is going to be north 25 plus

42.5 west. So it is going to be north 67.5 degrees west. Let me just double check that.

Close enough. I am Mr. Tarrou. BAM!!! Go Do Your Homework:) Thank you for watching. I

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ProfRobBobPost authorThat is what I like to hear:D/

MongTran TranPost authorWhen it turn south.Is it possible if 180-25 ?.Sometimes i confused.Thanks teacher.

ProfRobBobPost author? I am not sure what you mean…sorry. 180-25 is 165 degrees. For bearings that would be 25 degrees East of South.

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jadhingraPost authorhey, i'm from canada too! 🙂 please include more application videos as those are the ones the trouble me and i will gladly share your channel to my friends 🙂

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and sorry I don't have any other notes on application ready to film:( But please keep watching!

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Yu JeffPost authorif only u were my teacher 🙂

Yu JeffPost authorim just having trouble with making word problems(3D) into a picture

ProfRobBobPost authorI wish I was your teacher too:) I hope I can be your YouTube teacher for as many topics as possible. I also hope you do great in your class!!!

ProfRobBobPost authorI don't do 3D Problems in my PreCalc class. I hope you can figure out the drawings…they are a challenge even in 2D.

Ezra GrantPost authorThe lines, they are so strait!

Yu JeffPost authori have a quetion: From an airplane,the angles of depression to two forest fires measure 18 and 35 degrees. One fire is on a heading of N15degreesW. the other fire is on a heading of S70degreesE. what are headings?

ProfRobBobPost authorHAHA… Thanks. My drawing usually impresses my Geometry students this year too:) Thank you for watching as well.

ProfRobBobPost authorIn the level of textbook I teach, I have done problems that sound similar as far as the headings are concerned but not with the added complexity of the angle of depression from the plane. Sorry…I will not be much help here.

ProfRobBobPost authorI can't draw just anything, but I have gotten good at geometry diagrams through my years of teaching:D Thanks and thank you for watching.

Yu JeffPost author@profrobbob i understand i am in foundations 11 of course

Yu JeffPost author@profrobbob but could you explain to me what a heading looks like?

Lissette SosaPost authorSave the drama for your mama xD

P.S. This was really helpful… Thanks!

AloriePost authori have a trig test tomorrow and this just saved my life! THANK YOU

ProfRobBobPost authorSometimes my students at school need reminding:)…LOL

Your'e welcome…and thanks for choosing my channel to watch!

ProfRobBobPost authorYour'e welcome, thanks for watching:)….and let me know how you did on that trig test!

ProfRobBobPost authorI used a heading…or a bearing…in my third example. Unless your book means headings can only be a degree measure. In that case a heading of 30 degrees would be like North 30 degree East, or a heading of 170 degrees would be like South 10 degree East, or a heading of 330 degrees would be like North 30 degrees West. Heading or Bearing is measured from due North with a clockwise rotation. I hope this is what you needed.

ProfRobBobPost authorTogether…Lets make math FUN!

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jadhingraPost authorthere are so few of us though 🙁

Davy LowmanPost authorThank you for the refresher!!!

ProfRobBobPost authorYou're welcome…anytime…& thanks for watching!

ProfRobBobPost authorThank you for that:)

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shane panderPost authorhow do i use law of sines with: 44degrees34', and 101degrees46'. please help. thanks. profrobbob is awesome.

ProfRobBobPost authorI'm glad you liked my videos and found them to be so helpful. Thanks for subscribing too, I really appreciate the support and please share with you friends! (sorry for the reply delay, but I have my channel set up to approve all comments:)

ProfRobBobPost authorAre you asking about converting minutes into a decimal to make them easier to enter into your calculator? You can divide the minutes by 60 to find the decimal. You need more that just degrees to do law of sines, you need a length opposite one of the angles. Thank you very much for the support:)

Ian MurphyPost authorYou were a lot of fun watching, great at explaining, and proved to be quite helpful in reminding myself of this information. Should help with my pre-calc exam tomorrow!

ProfRobBobPost authorThank you for saying so:)) Now BAM!…go pass that exam with all your new found knowledge!!!

ProfRobBobPost authorOnce you start finding more information about your triangle, you do have more choices on how to finish solving it.

ProfRobBobPost authorHappy I could help:)

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Watto WattPost authorBeen following your series, Good job and excellent presentation. One Question though shouldn't your bearing be taken clockwise from the position your at. If so I believe the last answer should be 292.5 degs from the point "y". Just a thought. Thanks again.

ProfRobBobPost authorA bearing of 292.5 is equivalent to N 67.5 W. Thank you very much for watching. I appreciate the support very much and I am glad you like my videos:D

pato spamerrPost authorThank you so much this helped me more than you can imagine!

ProfRobBobPost authorHappy to help anytime!

onelove2937Post authordrama mama lol

i still payed attention tho! thanks

ProfRobBobPost authorSomedays at school, I have to remind them…lol

Thanks for paying attention…that is a practice that all teachers appreciate:)

Jonathan HarveyPost authormy teacher said that it was sinA/a=sinB/b=sinC/c but you have it as a/sinA is she incorrect?

ProfRobBobPost authorNo…that is just another form of saying the same thing:) Thank you very much for watching and asking for clarification

nmuzaicPost authoryou are an exceptional teacher. thank you.

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kkawesome1234Post authorReally nice job man! Very clear, and loved the enthusiasm! Hopefully i'll go in with confidence and kill that test tomorrow

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ProfRobBobPost authorYES…sure does beat using a slide-rule (not that I know how to use one…lol:)

Isaac MezaPost author13:06 HAHA!

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Emmanuel CarballidoPost authorgoddd, I would have loved to have him as my trigonometry professor

KazimPost authorCould you just break it into vector components and add the x component to the 30 km east and then use the y component and use the pythagorean theorem to solve for x since it becomes a right angle triangle problem then

rizvifPost authorHi, great video…I know you talked about sig figs and the 100 has 1 sig fig so you would have to round the 401.8 down to 400 not 402. 402 has 3 sig figs…..

dima71387Post authorI was reading this trig book with application problems. What it said to do is:

1. tan 42 = b / x and tan 34 = 100 + b / x where b is the unknown side

2. Solve for b so, b = tan 42 x and b = (x / tan 34) – 100

3. Set them equal to each other and solve for x, with little algebra manipulation they come up with x = 100/(cot34 – tan42) or 268'.

Your videos been helpful for me transitioning from military back to college, yet very challenging because there us always another way to solve a problem. I'm almost done with your trig playlist and school didn't start yet. Thank you for your videos and tricks of the trade.

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Robert MurphyPost authorExcellent tutorial. Excellent set up. Good energy to keep interest.

Solid video. Helped me a lot!

claire g.Post authorWhy is my school making us solve this without a calculator… -_-

santiago pedriniPost authorThis guy might be the most helpful source when studying for Pre calculus tests. thanks for the help!

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BoomPnaesPost authorSir ProfRobBob why you use cosine 115 it cant be sine? i got confused

JeepJasonPost authorthis helped me refresh after the long weekend before my final

Monica DuranPost authorThank you so much. Helped a lot

Jacob AdamczykPost authorFor most questions like these to be valid, wouldn't the terminal side have to be supplementary to the "ground" or the base of the triangle? Basically, wouldn't you have to be a height of 0 for your angle measures to be accurate?

ProfRobBobPost authorNow Closed Captioned #math

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Student BiologyPost authorHow do you get 68 degrees?

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Soumya SharmaPost authorProfessor RobBob, sometimes my trouble is not understanding what the problem is asking- it's worded in such a way to make it seem like you have to solve for one thing, but really they want the measurement of something else. What can I do during exams to make sure I don't solve for the wrong thing?

Brian GoldenPost authorCouldn't you also find the opposite side of 138 degree and find x using the Sin90/480.8=sin34/h? Gave me the same answer.

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Lizzie LeePost authorOn #3, why did you do cos 115? don't you have to do cos 140 bc if you do 115 then the 17 feet side isn't at the right place (it isn't 25 degrees southeast or whatever)?

Aly CatPost authorHelping me every day, thanks so much!

Shilpa MishraPost authorYoutube is lucky to have Professor Tarrou as one of their eclectic mathematics patron. The chalk talks are awesome! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Regarding the quote "Save the drama for your mama." I do and so do many like me, having the ultimate assurance that mama is the only who loves and accepts us despite our whimsical dramas 😉

Fadic4Post authorthank you so much for explaining driving problem with the north and south i was have trouble setting those up. i was putting the degree on the wrong side lol! cant wait for tomorrows test!

Silvana SeguraPost authorThis is so helpful. i love watching his videos, they always make studying not so bad 🙂

Tammi EPost authorIt feels like I took algebra 100 years ago! Now I'm back in school & taking trig & I'm totally lost whenever we get to a new chapter. Your videos help tremendously and you make it a fun process! I love loving math! It's really fun when you actually get it:)

Thank you SO much!!!

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