posted by Sara on .
If given an a cos, sin, or tan of an angle of a right triangle, what steps would you take on your calculator to find the measure of that angle? (For example: cos A = .7986, find angle A, The opposite side is 3. The hypotnuse is 5. And the adjacent side is 4)
If someone would just explain what to do with a graphing calculator (TI-84), that would mean a lot! thanks
"For example: cos A = .7986, find angle A, The opposite side is 3. The hypotenuse is 5. And the adjacent side is 4"
but for a 3:4:5 triangle, the cosine is 0.8.
I don't have your calculator, but what you need is a cos^-1 or arc cosine key.
If cosA = 0.7986, A = cos^-1 0.7986 = 37.003 degrees.